Posted by tinako on March 2, 2015
I’m in the local AR group Animal Rights Advocates of Upstate N.Y. We just re-launched our website, arauny.org, with a schedule of local writers contributing to our blog a few times a week.
Check it out and subscribe by email or social media for updates.
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Posted by tinako on August 19, 2014
The movie Cowspiracy has come out. I was so excited to learn that someone was finally asking these questions – why aren’t environmental organizations talking about livestock’s impact on the environment? It’s such a glaring omission. I supported the filmmakers on Indiegogo, so I received my promised DVD a few days ago. You can look up local screenings at their web site.
The film is very well done, and I think it could have a big impact if it is put before local environmental leaders. Two local vegan/AR organizations I’m in are going to co-host a showing. Don’t miss it, and be sure to recommend it to your “environmentalist meat-eater” friends.
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Posted by tinako on March 22, 2012
My Dad owns 200 acres of farmland and woods several hours away in central New York. Only about 15% of it is in production, rented to a local farmer. The rest he just plays with: planting trees, putting in ponds, mowing rotations, trails. The object is to improve it for wildlife. He follows a good forester’s advice and is head of the state forest owner’s association, which encourages responsible stewardship.
Anyway, an unusual visitor showed up last fall: this steer. He escaped from a neighbor’s land (actually a mile from my Dad’s). The neighbor had only this one steer to look after for someone else for pay, and he ran off. So the steer was in my Dad’s woods, and the neighbor didn’t know how to get him out, so planned to shoot him and drag him out. My Dad protested about doing that on his land and the neighbor, with no plan B, abandoned the steer for the winter.
Fortunately it was a very mild winter, and also my Dad’s hunter friend brought in bales of hay. This was especially kind of the friend since he wasn’t happy the steer was eating from feed plots he had planted for deer.
So the steer is still there, and appears healthy (see this video). When I first heard this story last fall I suggested to my Dad that he call Farm Sanctuary. He did but I’m sorry to report that they declined to get involved, which was very disappointing. None of us are farmers and have no safe place to keep or send this guy. Now that he’s clearly been abandoned by his owner to the elements all winter I’ve just contacted Farm Sanctuary myself with this trailcam photo (which was one of their caveats – they wanted to know what kind of cattle he was).
I’ll let you know what happens.
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Posted by tinako on May 31, 2010
In case you haven’t heard, there is a very violent video making the rounds of the internet showing undercover footage on an Ohio dairy farm. I have chosen not to watch it, since I already chose not to support this industry. You may be interested to read a few thoughtful comments about the video that I’ve come across.
- Here’s is a letter from Farm Sanctuary’s Gene Bauer, in which he reports that Farm Sanctuary has offered to take the cows and wants to help support prosecution, but that laws in Ohio are very lenient.
- And here is a blog posting from Tim Gier, stating why he thinks it is a mistake to suggest this video to non-vegans.
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