2013 - WNY Screening of Vegucated
Our most recent co-sponsored event drew in almost 200 people eager to learn about the journey of three 'test subjects' (a middle aged mother, a teenage girl, and a regular guy) who transitioned from meat eaters to veg eaters.
2012 - Steven the Vegan
We supported author Dan Bodenstein's efforts in publishing his wonderful children's book to promote compassion toward animals used in farming. Dan even mentioned us in his book with a special thank you.
2012 - Annual Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner
Between 100-150 people attended our co-sponsored Annual Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner, promoting compassion toward animals used in cruel farming practices.
2012 - Fight for Farm Animals with Jenny Brown, Author of The Lucky Ones
Jenny Brown's presentation of farmed animal abuse directly resulted in our investigation of local farming practices. We found many abuses which have been documented, but not ready to be released. Our discovery of the callous treatment of pigs, chickens, goats and cows directly in the WNY community was the key factor in forming ASHA.
2012 - The Latest in Human Nutrition with Michael Greger, M.D.
2011 - 21 Day Vegan Kickstart with Neal Barnard, M.D.
Close to 150 came out to hear Dr. Barnard speak all about plant-based nutrition in a fun and educational way. The following reception introduced all the attendees to vegan ice creams, puddings and cheesecakes. (Melinda Shaw, left.)
2011 - The Food You Eat and Your Cancer Risk with George Eisman, R.D.
Over 100 people from across WNY came out to hear George Eisman's riveting presentation. We learned how solid, scientific evidence shows that dairy and meat are direct factors in causing breast, prostrate and other cancers.
2010 - Harold Brown, former cattle rancher
Harold (Farmer) Brown, Founder/President, Farm Kind spoke to our communicy on issues concerning our food, how it is produced, and the many complex connections it has to our world and our lives.
2010 - Efforts to Rescue Dingo
Dingo was a starving, three legged dog we discovered in Sri Lanka. We worked hard to bring him to the US where he would be taken care of for the rest of his life. Tragically we lost Dingo when he escaped from his caretaker in Sri Lanka. Animal SOS Sri Lanka became involved and sent out a search party, offering rewards if they found him. Dingo was never found. We had raised $2,500 in donations from so many caring people in WNY to bring him safely to the US and fit him with a prosthetic leg. We knew that the right thing to do was donate all the monies to Animal SOS Sri Lanka so it could help so many other dogs in Sri Lanka just like Dingo.
Below is the link to the full story of Dingo, and the letter of thank you from the founder of Animal SOS Sri Lanka for our donation. She understood how difficult losing Dingo was for us, and she even named one of the new sanctuary's pups after our organizer. We're happy to say that this puppy is happy, loved and doing fine. She will never know what it's like to starve and suffer from diseases. Pictures of this innocent pup are below.
2009 - The Rant
2009 - Opposition against the proposed slaughterhouse in Buffalo
Our first protest against this inhumane 'halal' slaughterhouse consisted of just a dozen of compassionate people. This one demonstration captured media attention and was on several news channels which led to all of WNY becoming aware of the issues. We followed with forming a coalition with other animal advocates such as the SPCA of Erie County and Animal Advocates of WNY. Our coalition even included the owner of a Subway shop, Bobby Brown -- whose business would be directly impacted. Bobby became aware of the issues and although not a vegetarian, he now offers a vegetarian patty at his shop. Every one of us spoke at many common council meetings, including Barbara Carr, the executive director of SPCA. In addition, we spent countless days on the streets collecting thousands of petition signatures against the slaughterhouse.
In 2010, the media announced that the City of Buffalo would not approve the slaughterhouse in their community. All of our efforts not only kept another slaughterhouse from forming, but most importantly helped educate WNY on the abusive treatment of animals used in farming practices.
2007 - Buffalo Vegetarian Society's First Get Together at Salsaritas
We started out with lively discussions on Meetup.com and vegan dinner night outs. Eventually we started meeting monthly at a local church for small potlucks.
Tom Campbell, Jr. (back left), Nicole Marie (front left), Tracy Murphy (front right) and Lynn Mancuso (middle right). We don't remember the others names unfortunately!
2013 - New Vegan Menu at Saigon Bangkok
We conducted a letter writing campaign which kindly asked Saigon Bangkok to include Vegan options in their vegetarian menu. The owner not only complied with our request, he created an exclusive and extensive vegan menu with all sorts of delicious food specifically for our vegan community!
2012 - Vegan Nutrition - What Does the Science Say? with Jack Norris, R.D.
2012 - The World Peace Diet with Dr. Will Tuttle
2012 - It's a Crapshoot Campaign
We helped to organize local volunteers and participated in PCRM's (Physician Committee of Responsible Medicine) 'It's a Crapshoot Campaign' to help educate our WNY community on strains of E. Coli found in chicken products purchased in several area stores in Buffalo, NY.
Buffalo Spree: Growing a Healthier Community
Buffalo Spree attended our 2011 Forks Over Knives screening and mentioned our efforts in growing a healthier community in their article, 'The psychology behind eating right - in Buffalo.'
2011 - Annual Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner
2011 - Forks Over Knives Film Screening
We collaborated directly with UB Veg and were able to hold this life-changing event right in the University of Buffalo. Close to 100 people, including many students, learned about the consequences of a meat-based diet such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, and obesity. At the same time they learned of the atrocities toward animals used for food production.
2011 - Free Vegan Buffet at Wegmans
Wegmans offered us a free vegetarian buffet (as a market test) which would include dairy and eggs. We said, skip the animal stuff, make it all vegan, and we would more than happy to participate. The Chef was up for the challenge, and they did a fabulous job. We had around 150 attend (Wegman's limit!), but it could have easily been so many more.
2010 - Annual Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner
2010 - Thoughts on the Buffalo Wing Festival
Letters to Artvoice, August 12, 2010
2010 - The Latest in Human Nutrition, with Michael Greger, M.D.
Our first lecture event was with Dr. Greger of the Humane Society of the United States. Around 60 people attended this free event held at a local library. Everyone walked away with a powerhouse of knowledge on the health benefits of a plant-based nutrition, and so many made significant changes in their diet by either reducing their meat and dairy intake or eliminating it all together.
2009 - Protest against the proposed slaughterhouse in Lackawanna
Buffalo News Articles. When the slaughterhouse did not get approved in Buffalo, the owners offered the City of Lackawanna a deal they would not refuse -- with billions of subsidies available from the government. Unfortunately ourfight was lost, and the slaughterhouse was placed in Lackawanna. However, the business proved to not be as lucrative as the owners thought and the slaughterhouse is currently abandoned and up for sale.
2008 - Vegetarians Unite for the Health of It
Buffalo News Articles. We were the very first vegetarian group formed in Buffalo, creating constant awareness on the humane, environmentally friendly, and healthy benefits of a plant-based diet.