Easy things that make the world a better place for animals!

You don't have to become an "activist" to make the world a better place.
Here are some ideas that are easy to do, but make a world of difference for animals!



Farm Sanctuary

Visit Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen.

Farm Sanctuary is a farm animal rescue and education organization and is considered one of the United States' most respected animal advocacy groups!

The Farm is like a petting zoo on steriods! There are many volunteers to help you experience the farm: learn the individual stories of all the animals and you are encouraged to actually enter the fields and barns to give the animals love!

It is a wonderful place to take children! Naturally the goal of the farm is to encourage people not to participate in the cruel practices of modern factory farming, but there are no grotesque images or shocking tactics used. The focus is on the beautiful animals. You and your family will come away smiling with great memories and photographs!

We are so blessed to have such a great resource right in our own back yard. Take a drive to the farm this spring or attend the annual "Thanksgiving FOR The Turkeys!"



The Humane Society at Lollypop Farm

Lollypop Farm Website

Refuse to buy your pets at the pet store or from a "breeder" Animals in pet stores can be neglected, and abused. And as long as pet shops churn out puppies, unwanted dogs in animal shelters will be killed. And breeder is too often just short-hand for puppy-mill.

Instead, adopt your pet from the Humane Society! Every year, the Humane Society of Rochester takes in over 15,000 unwanted, abandoned or abused animals. Through careful screening, many of these animals are placed in loving homes with responsible owners.

The Humane Society adopts dogs, cats, bunnies, ferrets, mice, guinea pigs, hamsters, all sorts of birds... even farm animals! You can even see what pets are available for adoption on-line. Visit www.lollypop.org



Neuma website

Choose products that are cruelty free!

At Michael Avery & Co, we specifically choose to use and provide for sale only products that we absolutely love! Not only are all of our products superior in quality and performance, but it is equally important to us that our products are never tested on animals.

Our superior luxury line of haircare products, Neuma, is not only incredible and beautiful to use, but is ethical as well:

  • Renewable, beneficial plant based ingredients
  • Certified QCS Organic
  • ZERO synthetic fragrances, sulfates, phthalates, sodium chloride, parabens, 1,4-dioxane, neurotoxins, aluminum compounds, glycols, formaldehyde donors, ureas, carcinogens, or environmental pollutants
  • Gluten-free
  • 85% post consumer recycled bottles
  • 100% certified wind power
  • Vegan & never tested on animals

You can choose cruelty-free products for every part of your life. PETA publishes an extensive buying guide here.



Watch the film

I've heard compelling arguments that egg-laying hens have it the worst of all farmed animals. So if you wanted to "give up" just one thing and have a huge impact on animal-welfare, it would be purchasing grocery store eggs.

"Wegmans Cruelty" is an investigative documentary produced by Compassionate Consumers, an animal advocacy organization based in Rochester, NY. The film exposes the plight of over 700,000 hens at the Wegmans Egg Farm in Wolcott, NY. But the Wegmans Farm is not the exception to and is not doing anything illegal. Unfortunately animal cruelty laws do not apply to agriculture and factory farms.

For the longest time, I thought that "free range chickens" had a good life, but I was so sad to find out that the conditions are not actually better than those that are confined to tiny cages. The poor creatures, still live a horrible & painful life. The term "free range" is 99.9% marketing.

The film is not sensationalized, and doesn't show gory scenes that you have to sheild your eyes from. But it does maks a compelling argument against factory farmed eggs. Don't take my word for it. Watch the film and decide for yourself.

There are many egg substitutes: boxed "egg-replacers" are an option, or things you already have in the house like bananas or vegetable oil. You'd be surprised, it's really easy.



30 reasons to go Vegetarian

30 Reasons to go Vegetarian!



Tofu-phobic? Many people equate being a vegetarian or vegan ('vegan' = no meat or dairy) with eating only leaves and twigs or really rubbery-tasting plastic 'fake foods'.

I know you wonder what the heck those crazy vegans eat! Well, we eat pretty well... and I can prove it. Check out these delicious Rochester eateries and see for yourself!

There are sooo many reasons to try eating veg! Here are just 30 Reasons to go Vegetarian!





Have a Veggie Burger at Burger King!

Eat at Burger King! (No, I'm not kidding!) If you must eat fast food, go to Burger King and order a BK Veggie Burger! It's surprisingly good!

Order the BK Veggie Burger with "everything on it": ketchup, mustard, pickles, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, on a sesame-seed bun! "Hold the mayo" to make it completely vegan & cruelty-free, and cut 9 more grams of fat!!

Tasty (as fast-food goes) and only 340 calories and 8 grams of fat (without the mayo). Compare that to the Whopper, with a total of 700 calories and 42 grams of fat!



Martha Stewart doesn't wear fur.

Martha Stewart's Fur Trade Exposé

When you wear fur, people think you're an asshole.

“I used to wear real fur,” says Martha Stewart in her new video, “but, like many others, I had a change of heart when I learned what actually happens to the animals.” Watch her fur-trade video exposé.