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Animal Defenders of Westchester
P.O. Box 205
Yonkers, NY 10704

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Traveling Animal Acts

1 August 2004

Local press is poised to cover the meeting being arranged with the Westchester Board of Legislators, regarding traveling animal acts. The tiger incident, coupled with still-fresh Roy Horn, might make ordinances write themselves; but circuses are multi-million dollar a year businesses and will not go down without a fight.

As I see it the major resistance areas in Westchester will be White Plains (Hanneford), Mt. Vernon, who stopped rodeos but are hesitant to 'officially' stop animal-user circuses, and Yonkers - the new Mayor vowed to bring in an animal-user circus, though perhaps the appearance of the Moscow Circus will bode well (more one this shortly). All these venues, including Westchester County, have been served with a NOTICE OF DANGEROUS CONDITION regarding traveling animal acts, as well. Two years ago the Hanneford Circus tried to sneak elephants infected with tuberculosis past inspections.


Sending the same letter to each is fine - in fact it might be good to have visible cc's on each letter;


WHITE PLAINS: Mayor Delfino: [email protected]  

White Plains County lead legislator William Ryan: [email protected]  

White Plains Dept. of Parks Commissioner Joseph Stout: [email protected]  

MOUNT VERNON: Mayor Ernest Davis: [email protected]  

Legislator Bernice Spreckman: [email protected]  

*Note: Bernice Spreckman is a legislator for Yonkers as well.  

City Council Pres. Steven Horton: [email protected]    

YONKERS: Mayor Philip Amicone: [email protected]  

Commissioner, Dept of Parks Mitchell Tutone: [email protected]  

Deputy commissioner, Dept. of Parks August Cambria: [email protected]  

City council president Liam Mclaughlin: [email protected]  

Legislator Bernice Spreckman: [email protected]  

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