Monthly Archives: October 2009

>Zombie Flash Mob Anti-fur Protest

>SARO received this flier the other day and though it was a good concept, so we thought we’d pass it along to you.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

What is an Anti-Fur Zombie Flash Mob you ask?  Well, a flash mob is a large group of people who assemble suddenly in a public space, perform an unusual action for a brief time, then quickly disperse.

For this particular event, people will be dressed as zombies, declaring “I’d rather be dead than wearfur.”
 – Meet at the Regional Market Building located at 2100 Park Street at 12 noon sharp, no dawdling.
 – Look for the sign “Zombies Meet Here”
 – Come dressed in zombie garb: ripped, dirty and disheveled clothing.  Wear your own zombie makeup or bring $3 to use provided makeup.
 – All zombies will receive a briefing before the event begins.
 – People not planning on being a zombie need not attend.

Need some inspiration on being a zombie?  Hulu is playing Dawn of the Dead until March 1, 2010 for free.

>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

>PETA Dumping Dairy Covered In Post-Standard


PETA’s downtown protest focuses on poor treatment of cows

By The Post-Standard

October 22, 2009, 3:06PM

By Lynette Chen / Contributing writer
Syracuse, NY — Dressed as a cow, a supporter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals dumped gallons of “milk”— actually floured water — today in front of a downtown Syracuse grocery store.

The action at C.L. Evers & Co. on Water Street was part of a protest against what PETA refers to as factory dairy farms and their poor treatment of cows.

Virginia Fort, assistant campaign coordinator at PETA, wore a body-screen TV showing newly released footage taken by a whistleblower at a farm that supplies the Land O’Lakes company. The video shows sick, exhausted cows struggling to stand and being forced to hobble through a massive build-up of their own waste.

“You may want to stop drinking dairy after seeing this,” Fort said. “We want people who go in there and buy milk to know what’s going on behind the scenes of factory farms.

Dairy cows are kept consistently pregnant and forced to produce up to 10 times more than they actually would, Fort said. After several years of abuse, their bodies are shipped off to slaughters where they are made into ground beef , soup or hamburgers, she said.

The footage was taken during a PETA undercover investigation at a farm in Pennsylvania. PETA regularly sends volunteers wearing hidden cameras to factory farms and warehouses to capture footage of what may be shoddy practices, Fort said. Investigators found cows that were sick and unable to move, denied medical care despite being in pain and abused by the farm’s owners. PETA said it is filing complaints against the farm.

No one at the grocery store agreed to comment on the record about the demonstration.


>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.

>SARO To Hold Vegan Bake Sales

>Tomorrow SARO will hold the first of four vegan bake sales for October.  The profits from the bake sales go to help fund SARO’s cat rescue and foster program.  Currently, SARO is fostering 9 cats and kittens awaiting adoption. Each week they need food, litter and vet care.  Tomorrow’s bake sale, with it’s delicious treats, will be in the lobby of Marshall Hall on SUNY ESF campus from 10am to 3pm.

SARO is always looking for new baking talent.  Even if you’ve never baked before you make still have baking talent. So why don’t you check out a few vegan recipe websites ( Vegweb, VegCooking, ChooseVeg, The Post Punk Kitchen, etc ), throw on an apron and bake up a storm.  Even if tomorrow’s bake sale is too soon for you.  SARO will have another three during the weekend of October 24th, on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  For all the bake sales, please drop your items off, with a list of ingredients and your contact info (so we can return your dishes) on the front porch of 708 East Raynor St. ( a block down from Sadler Hall), preferably the day before the bake sale.

When picking recipes for SARO bake sale please keep a couple of things in mind:

  • Popular items are: muffins, banana bread, apple crisp, cookies etc.
  • Students like to buy things they can eat easily and cleanly in class.
  • All items should be vegan.

>A Walk and A Protest in One Day

>This past weekend was a a busy one for SARO. Okay really it was Saturday that was super busy for SARO.

Saturday morning, we hit the paved trails of Onondaga Park in Liverpool for the annual Walk For Farm Animals. SARO was joined by more than thirty walkers who walked for about an hour.  We got a little exercise and helped raise money for Farm Sanctuary. Farm Sanctuary in case you hadn’t heard is a national farm animal rescue organization based out of Watkins Glen, NY.  In Watkins Glen they have a 175-acre farm where animals come to spend their remaining years after being rescued from abuse or neglect.

This month SARO is planning a carpool-trip to Farm Sanctuary on Saturday, October 17th, just weeks before they close this year’s touring season.  The carpool cost $5.00 (gas for the drivers) and the tour is $3.00.  Please email info[AT] if you are interested in joining us.

After the Walk For Farm Animals, SARO then participated in a protest against KFC.  SARO has been doing KFC protests off and on for a few years now.  This year we changed locations from the Erie Blvd location to the Butternut St and Park St location.  This protest is in support of PETA, who called for all KFC locations nation wide to protested at until KFC changes their methods.  Please see PETA’s Kentucky Fried Cruelty campaign for more ways you can help and for more information on why you shouldn’t eat at KFC.