Category Archives: animal cruelty

>Rescued Rats need homes!

>Spring has come again, and with it, all the discarded laboratory rats used in pointless psychology experiments at colleges all across the country. Luckily, some professors are willing to surrender these rats to rescue groups instead of killing them by gas or be-heading, but only if we can find enough homes for them! We have just two weeks to find foster or ‘forever’ homes for all of these rats. Please consider opening your home to a pair of these little guys.

Syracuse Animal Rights Organization volunteers will temporarily foster and arrange transport if need be for upstate NY adopters. Please consider a small donation in lieu of an adoption fee to help cover the cost of care and transportation.

Message from The Humane League of Philadelphia:

The Humane League was recently contacted by a local university about 44 laboratory rats who were used in a basic psychology class. After being subjected to pointless experiments and confined their entire lives in individual plastic tubs where they had no contact with others, these rats were slated to be killed – but, if The Humane League can find homes for all of these rats, the university is willing to turn them over to us. Please consider opening your home to a pair(or more of these sweet, friendly, and easy to care for creatures. All are white albino males that get along well with others. Of the 20 million animals experimented on each year in the U.S., only a few hundred are freed to live the rest of their days in peace. Please help us take advantage of this opportunity, please sign up to save a life (or lives) today! If you are interested in adopting, or have questions, please email sally(at) We only have two weeks to find homes for all 44 or they will be killed, so please contact us today and help us spread the word!

>New York State Humane Lobby Day – March 24

>Think only professional lobbyists can lobby? Think again! The Humane Society of the United States invites you to participate in the New York State Humane Lobby Day in Albany, where you’ll make a tremendous difference for animals.

This is an exciting opportunity to meet directly with your elected officials or their staff about legislation that will significantly impact animals. There will be a briefing on tips for lobbying and an overview of pending animal legislation which will prepare you to meet your elected officials and advocate for animals. RSVP today to lend your voice for animals and make a difference in New York.

Join SARO and other community members as we travel to Albany to talk our legislators to help pass laws cracking down on animal fighters, stopping puppy mills, ending canned shoots of captive exotic wildlife, protecting farm animals from cruel treatment, and doing the right thing for animals!

The 2010 New York State Humane Lobby Day is organized by The Humane Society of the United States and co-sponsored by Farm Sanctuary, Humane Society of New York, New York League of Humane Voters, and New York State Humane Association.

A chartered bus will be leaving early morning from the Regional Transportation Center in Syracuse heading to Albany and returning in the evening after the event.
There is no registration fee for attending NYS Humane Lobby Day. Those who would like to travel on our chartered bus from Syracuse/Utica to Albany and back can purchase a seat for $26 per traveler. This fee will allow us to cover the cost of the bus. The bus will leave Syracuse at 7:45am, and make a stop for pick up in Utica at 8:30am.
Those who arrive late will forfeit their seats. Fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

The pick up stations are as follows:

SYRACUSE – 7:45am
Address: Regional Transportation Center

                131 Alliance Bank Pkwy
                Syracuse, NY 13208

UTICA – 8:30am
Address: 321 Main Street
                Utica, NY 13501

Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Time: 11:00am – 4:30pm
Address: Empire State Plaza Convention Center

                Meeting Rooms 2 & 3
                Albany, NY 12242


If you’d like to attend this event please RSVP for the event and RSVP for the bus.

>Meet With HSUS for Animals in Upstate New York


Join Us
Ithaca, New York
HSUS Lobby 101 Seminar

Monday, Dec. 7, 2009
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Click here to RSVP.
Watertown, New York
HSUS Lobby 101 Seminar

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009
6 – 8 p.m.
Click here to RSVP.
Syracuse, New York
HSUS Grassroots Meeting

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Click here to RSVP.
Albany, New York
HSUS Grassroots Meeting

Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Click here to RSVP.

Dear Friend,

Great things are happening for animals across New York. I’m the New York State Director of the Humane Society of the United States and I’ll be hosting several free events throughout Upstate New York next month. I hope you’ll join me to learn how you can take action for animals. Check the list for an event near you and click the links to get more details and to RSVP.

The U.S. Congress and the New York state legislature will be considering legislation that would significantly impact animals, such as a bill to help strengthen animal fighting laws and a bill to stop the proliferation of puppy mills in New York. We want you to know the most effective ways to get involved and communicate your message.

I’ll hold two Lobby 101 seminars — Dec. 7 in Ithaca and Dec. 8 in Watertown. Lobby 101s will provide you with basic, but effective, lobby techniques for citizen activists and provide information regarding some of the bills and issues being considered this year.

I’ll also hold two grassroots meetings — Dec. 9 in Syracuse and Dec. 10 in Albany. At these grassroots meetings, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss current issues affecting animals and receive an update on animal protection legislation in which HSUS is currently engaged.

All events are free of charge, but an RSVP is requested to attend. Click on the links to learn more and to RSVP now.

Hope to see you at one of these events!


Patrick Kwan
New York State Director
The Humane Society of the United States

P.S. Join The HSUS New York State group on Facebook. It’s free (and fun) to set up your own profile and get involved.

P.P.S. Follow me on Twitter at

>Dogs Deserve Better: Winter Outreach

>Please join SARO to remind people that a life on a chain is no life at all, but this holds especially true during the winter months.  On Saturday, December 5th SARO will be standing on the corner of Alliance Bank Pkwy and Park St asking people to please be kind to their dogs this winter and bring them indoors.

Why: To increase public awareness that having dogs on chains or in pens is not only inhumane and barbaric but also a public safety issue. More info at
When: Saturday, December 5th, 3:30pm-4:30pm
Where: Syracuse, NY, on the corner of Alliance Bank Parkway and Park St.
NOTE: The Carousel Mall entrance is directly across the street from where we’ll be. Mapquest: Type in 2100 Park St. for the Regional Market. If you are driving to this event please park in the Regional Market or the Regional Transportation Center parking lots not in the Carousel Center parking lot.
What to bring: Signs will be provided, or bring your own. Sign ideas are:”Dogs are family, too”; “Unchain your dog”; “No chains or pens for dogs”; etc.

Please remember to DRESS WARMLY!  We will be in the shade and it will be much cooler than you might expect.

Demonstration Location Map:

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>Make A (Local) Call for the Animals

>Call-in to the Carousel Mall for hosting Georgio’s Furs and L’Adour for their continued sale of foie gras all day Sunday.

Georgio’s Furs:
Carousel Mall in Syracuse, NY may be best known for its shopping experience, but harboring a full-scale fur salon is making the mall atmosphere synonymous with cruelty to animals. The Carousel Center continues to host Georgio’s Furs despite knowing the suffering that goes into every fur hat and coat. Repeated attempts by shoppers and community groups to communicate their concerns about Carousel Mall hosting Georgio’s have been ignored. Help us remove Georgio’s from the mall forever.

Carousel Mall customer service: 316-466-7000 315-466-7000

What to say:
“Hello this is [YOUR NAME] calling from [YOUR LOCATION] When Georgio’s was first given a lease in the Carousel Center, over 1,200 people signed a petition to the mall management against allowing a fur store. I am calling with my concerns about Georgio’s Furs being allowed in the mall this holiday season.
1. a fur salon is contradictory to the environmentally friendly image the mall is seeking to promote
2. the fur industry is horrendously cruel (describe how) and is inappropriate in a family friendly setting.
Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing that Georgio’s Furs will not have a storefront in the mall in the future.”

L’Adour – Foie Gras

After being made aware of the inherent cruelty to ducks during foie gras production, L’Adour refuses to take the product off the menu.

Syracuse Animal Rights Organization has spoken with the owners, handed leaflets to hundreds of patrons and held over 50 public outreach demonstrations at this restaurant. Recently, L’Adour has begun to not admit they serve foie gras over the phone but it is still on their menu. L’Adour’s foie gras supplier is the well-documented Hudson Valley Foie Gras, notorious for animal, worker and environmental violations. For more information about foie gras, visit and Let L’Adour know that while the ducks are suffering, they will continue to hear from compassionate people.

Call L’Adour at: 315-475-7653

>Gallons of Milk Dumped at Syracuse Grocery Store by Angry PETA Activists


Video Shot at a Land O’Lakes Supplier’s Facility Shows How Cows and Calves Are Left to Suffer on Factory Dairy Farms

For Immediate Release:
October 21, 2009
Shakira Croce 757-622-7382

Syracuse, N.Y. — Dressed as a cow, a PETA supporter will dump gallons of “milk” outside a grocery store in Syracuse as part of a protest against cruel factory dairy farms. Another protester will wear a body-screen TV showing newly released video footage taken by a whistleblower at a farm that supplies Land O’Lakes. The video–which shows sick, exhausted cows struggling to stand and being forced to hobble through a massive build-up of their own waste–will reveal to consumers how much filth and suffering goes into the production of milk and other dairy products. The cows suffered from painful infections and severe lameness, and animals were kept in miserable conditions and deprived of even basic care. Some of the animals went untreated and were not put out of their misery when they were in pain and unable to stand.

When:   Thursday, October 22, 1 p.m.

Where:  C.L. Evers & Company, 214 W. Water St., Syracuse

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“This investigation shows that when you don’t wean yourself off milk, butter, and cheese, you may be paying someone to cause great suffering to animals on factory farms,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Anyone with a conscience will find this footage disturbing, but people can help stop these abuses by dropping dairy products from their diets.”

PETA launched the investigation after a whistleblower working at the farm became concerned about conditions there and contacted PETA for help earlier this year. Investigators discovered cows who were sick and unable to move, were denied medical care despite being in pain, and were abused by the farm’s owners. The owners–a man and his son–have now been charged with cruelty to animals.

For more information, please visit

>’Fowl Play: The truth behind your breakfast’

>Join SARO for a free screening of the award-winning documentary by Adam Durand, Fowl Play.

This powerful film takes viewers on an unforgettable journey behind the closed doors of some of the country’s largest egg production facilities and graphically illustrates the heartbreaking plight of laying hens condemned to lives crowded inside file-drawer-sized cages.

Through touching interviews with animal rescuers, undercover investigators, veterinarians, and animal behaviorists, we hear compelling stories motivated by kindness and courage from the dedicated individuals who are fighting to save the modern day hen – perhaps the most abused and exploited animal on earth.

Adam will be at this screening to take question from the audience after the showing. To learn more about the film, visit

Where: Kittredge Auditorium – HBC Building – Syracuse University Campus, Syracuse, NY (behind the Hall of Languages)

When: 7 p.m.

>Tonight’s Protest of Foie Gras

>The foie gras protest tonight was a fun and interesting experience! Although we thought we had figured out all the kinks with the Syracuse Police Department trying to infringe on our right to free speech, we again had to rehash with them that we are legally allowed to protest on a public sidewalk. The owners of L’Adour recently took down their ‘protester shield’ curtains, and we believe they were upset being ‘caught in the open’ with no way to keep their customers from looking out the windows at us! Also, this protest saw the biggest turnout in over a year and we thank everyone for coming out for the ducks! It renews our hope that we can keep up the energy needed to keep this campaign against foie gras alive! Stay tuned for more foie gras protests!

foie gras protest at Ladour 09/25/09

In the mean time, check out photos of tonight’s protest here: (apologies for all the red-eye photos!)
Check out our website about L’Adour here:
and, as always, contact L’Adour directly and keep the pressure on:
Write: L’Adour, 110 Montgomery St., Syracuse, NY 13202.
Call: 315-475-7653
Fax: 315-471-9713

>SARO To Protest Tonight Over Foie Gras Being Served In Syracuse

>After being made aware of the inherent cruelty to ducks in foie gras production, L’adour refuses to take the product off their menu or sign a foie gras free pledge. Please show support for all the birds suffering on these farms by coming to SARO’s public outreach events and contacting L’Adour(below). For more information about foie gras, please watch the video(s) posted below

Please visit YouTube to watch a 12 minute video call Foie Gras: Culinary Cruelty

Protest Details
What: Hold signs and distribute literature to the dinner crowd at L’Adour. Signs and literature provided-including our large ‘‘ banner. Just bring yourself and friends!
Important Note: Due to the ‘upscale’ nature of the crowd and in order
to better advocate for the animals, please dress ‘business casual’.
Where: L’Adour Restaurant, 110 Montgomery St. in Downtown Syracuse
When: Friday, September 25th from 7pm-8pm
Carpool info: Meet at the Schine Student Center loading dock(facing
Waverly Ave.) on SU Campus at 6:30pm sharp.

Other Ways You Can Help
Write: L’Adour 110 Montgomery St., Syracuse, NY 13202.
Call: 315-475-7653
Fax: 315-471-9713
Keep the issue fresh in the mind of L’Adour owners and patrons.  Please make
sure you state your opposition to L’Adour serving foie gras. Feel free
to call, write and email the restaurant letting them know you want
foie gras off their menu and you don’t plan on giving them business
until then.

>Petland: From Birth to Death Animals Suffer

>Since November 2008, when The Humane Society of the United States(HSUS) revealed that they had done an eight-month long investigation into Petland and it’s puppies for sale, SARO has joined with HSUS to get the only New York location to stop selling puppies that come from puppy mills.

A few weeks ago, PETA discovered a disturbing photograph (pictured right) and comments posted on Facebook by then Petland employee Elizabeth Carlisle, who worked at the store in Akron, Ohio. The photo shows a grinning Carlisle posing for the camera as she scruffs the bodies of two dead, soaking wet rabbits. Carlisle admitted to a Facebook friend that she drowned the rabbits, claiming that her manager took the photograph while Carlisle was "swearing at [the rabbits] to just hurry up and die … " Currently Carlisle faces a year in jail for animal cruelty.

It appears Petland can’t provide the basic supervision and care necessary to keep the animals it sells healthy and safe.

Ask Petland to stop selling rabbits now! (This is a PETA Action Alert)