Category: Blog

The opinions expressed in these essays do not necessarily reflect the position of ARAUNY. A few select ARAUNY members have been chosen to write on our blog.

Response to Rabbi Marc Gellman of “The God Squad”

by JanineS

Rabbi Gellman’s syndicated column appears in the Saturday edition of the Buffalo News. In the March 20th column a question was posed:

“I think it’s time to encourage Christians and Jews to be vegetarians. The Fifth Commandment says, “Thou shalt not kill.” If God meant only people, He would have said so. What part of “Not Kill” don’t people understand?” – C. Cyberspace (Buffalo News)

Vegan: Who, What, Why, Where, When

by Harold Brown

The five W’s are the basic of journalism and education. Hopefully this essay will provide enough information that the reader can be better informed and moved to seek out more information on veganism.

Speciesism and the Violence of Euphemisms

by George Payne, founder of Gandhi Earth Keepers International

Our species clings to the concept of Human because it provides an easy, relaxing and affordable sensation of superiority over other sentient
beings. The schism between human and animal (we share 98% genetic
similarity with chimpanzees) however, is not only artificial but


by Linda Brink

I have great respect for the intelligence of rats. As with most animal/human conflicts, understanding the animal with our supposedly superior intelligence is key to compassionate resolution of the troubling issues. That, and patience. Here are the three key survival necessities for rats people need to understand when attempting to move them out:

What is Speciesism?

Farm Sanctuary Cow Pastel

by Tinako – Expanding Circle Blogger
I’ve been looking for some time for a concise written explanation of speciesism, without success. I wanted something to hand out at Human Rights Day last December, so I wrote the following, which fits on a small flyer. I’d love to hear whether it makes logical sense to you…

Earth Companions

by Linda DeStefano

It’s time to expand respect for animals.

Koko, the gorilla, communicates with people through American Sign Language and her understanding of a large vocabulary of spoken English. She is gentle with her kitten, and hugs people she likes.

Although he can escape from the killer harpoons, a whale returns to his wounded mate and stays with her until he, too, is killed by the whalers.

Faux animal products and veganism

 By John Carbonaro [The opinions expressed in these essays do not necessarily reflect the position of ARAUNY.] It seems that a plant-based diet is more popular than ever if the growth of the non-animal products industry is any indication. It…

It’s Time for the Canadian Seal Hunt to End

by Anonymous
As February winds down and we look forward to spring, a grim reality disguised as “tradition” comes forth. The annual slaughter of baby harp seals begins as soon as the pups start shedding their white coats and ice conditions permit. A white, pristine nursery where hundreds of thousands of seal mothers nurse their young becomes a horrifying, bloody killing field.

Elephants Wish They Could Forget

by George Payne of Gandhi Earth Keepers International [The opinions expressed in these essays do not necessarily reflect the position of ARAUNY.] Along with a dozen other local animal rights advocates from Upstate New York, I recently participated in a…

LTE: Animals Caught in Disconnect

The following letter to the editor was published in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle October 8th: Relay for Life sponsors “delicious chicken BBQ.” Another Chance Pet Rescue hosts a “Chicken BBQ Fundraiser.” The list of groups and organizations that support…