09 July 2012

Calling all animal lovers, advocates and artists

Calling All Animal Lovers, Advocates and Artists! Please join us, and consider donating your artwork, as we celebrate our First Annual Karuna For Animals Art Show & Auction on Sunday, September 23, 2012 from 2:00 – 6:00PM at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington, where we will come together to expand the circle of compassion to include animals of all species.

Karuna is the Sanskrit word for compassion. Suresh Jindal wrote in Interdependence of All Living Beings; The Times of India (New Delhi); Nov 13, 2003: “Once we experience and feel this inter-dependence of all living beings, we will cease to hurt, humiliate, exploit and kill another. We will want to free all sentient beings from suffering. This is karuna, compassion, which in turn gives rise to the responsibility to create happiness and its causes for all.” This is the very basis of our work.

Karuna For Animals: Compassion In Action, Inc. is an all volunteer, yoga-based, humane education, 501(c)3 non-profit organization, whose members seek to promote compassion (karuna), peace (shanti) and loving-kindness (metta) for animals of all species. It is our mission to raise awareness and funds for the rights of all animals. Through a dedicated practice of the science of yoga, humane education, community outreach, the promotion of a vegan lifestyle, vegan cooking and nutrition education, and monthly fundraisers, we aim to aid in the change of the often-skewed perception of animals as lesser beings. All funds raised through the organization are used to support our outreach and education programs, as well as offer monetary gifts to those individuals and organizations whose missions match our own, and who are directly responsible for the rescue, rehabilitation and care of animals of all species.

We are passionate about community building, and feel that an art show, which will feature your donated pieces of work, is a wonderful way to embrace the individuality and creativity of our growing community of activists, and will provide the perfect platform for which to promote not only tolerance and acceptance of our differences, but to celebrate and draw inspiration from them as well. This is, after all, the very heart of our teaching. Our differences—which when dwelt upon, often lead to negative generalizations, and have resulted in the labeling of far too many demographics as inferior—and have for too long, been the root of our problems. Animals of all species are most notably abused, neglected, exploited, tortured and killed while humans rationalize their actions under the guise of superiority. Ours is an organization that believes in equality, no matter the color of our skin, our religious beliefs, sexual orientation, how many legs we may walk upon, or what language we may speak.

Admission to the event is free and all proceeds earned from your generous donations will benefit our education and advocacy efforts, as well as help us to reach our goal of opening a local rescue and rehabilitation center for any and all animals in need.

Additionally, a portion of the proceeds earned will be donated to the San Francisco based pit bull rescue and advocacy organization, BADRAP, whose mission is: Securing the future of the American Pit Bull Terrier as a cherished family companion.

BADRAP was formed in 1999 to tackle the difficult issues that had been bringing early death and suffering to San Francisco bay area pit bull type dogs. They soon developed into a nationally recognized resource for both dog guardians and shelters, offering desirable companions for adopters, training classes for guardians and presentations and professional consultations to animal welfare leaders around the country.

For more information about the event and to donate a piece of your artwork for auction, please see our website and call Erica @ 631-241-9925.

I thank you for your consideration of donating, and for any support you can offer. Please do take a moment to “Like” us on Facebook, and post our information far and wide. The more exposure we gain, the more the animals will benefit.

And if you can’t donate or attend the event, I urge you to consider the actions you can take in your daily lives to help end the pain and suffering of billions of animals. Go vegan, for the animals, your health and the sustainability of mother earth. Refuse to purchase any and all products that are tested on animals or include animal byproducts in their ingredients. Rescue your animal companions from reputable and caring sanctuaries and shelters. Spay and neuter your animal companions to help combat overpopulation, which leads to more animals in shelters and more deaths due to lack of space and resources. Feed the birds. Protect the oceans. Avoid zoos, circuses, aquariums, dog shows/races, horse shows/races, and any other event that exploits and abuses these precious, living beings.

Peace and compassion for all beings begins with all of us. It begins with you.

In peace & gratitude,
Erica Settino & The Karuna Team

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New York Erica is the founder and executive director of the non-profit organization, Karuna For Animals: Compassion In Action, Inc. A long time vegetarian turned passionate vegan, she works tirelessly to educate others on the countless benefits of adopting a vegan diet. She currently holds a BS in Psychology with a concentration in Animal Behavior and an MFA in Creative Writing. Along with her work in animal advocacy, Erica works as an editorial assistant, freelance writer, certified and registered yoga instructor, nutritional counselor and health coach. She lives with her veg husband and their four rescued animal companions.

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