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Animal Defenders of Westchester
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Hunting ad in WESTCHESTER FAMILY

Originally posted on Wednesday, June 09, 2004 10:02 PM:

(A response from activist Valarie Will follows)

In June, 2001 I was startled to see a large ad that proclaimed "ANIMAL ACTIVISTS PUT LIVES IN DANGER" in WESTCHESTER FAMILY, a local freebie magazine (it is separate from WESTCHESTER PARENT).

There was a photo of a croc with his mouth wide open; the text implied that if activists weren't checked, crocodiles would kill everyone in Westchester.  WESTCHESTER FAMILY is an upscale monthly full of ads for private schools, nannies, arts conservatories - you get the picture.

The ad was placed by Safari Club International which, some of you probably know, is a wealthy and influential hunting club www.safariclubfoundation.org  

Amazingly, when I called to complain, I found out their ad was placed as a PSA - they placed it for free!  I was told 'someone messed up' and placed it in the psa file, where it was grabbed when they needed to fill space.

I told them I want them to make 'reparations' for this ad; that began a lengthy negotiation that culminated with my AR group getting a large ad placed in the Dec 2001 issue at no charge to us, and a promise it wouldn't happen again.

Well, Safari Club International is back in WESTCHESTER FAMILY, June 2004.  The ad is far smaller; text with a photo of a howling wolf reads "Help Protect our Natural Treasures" with their website and phone #.

The editorial staff has completely changed at WESTCHESTER FAMILY; it could be an honest mistake as a result, whatever...THIS AD HAS NO BUSINESS IN SUCH A PERIODICAL!  WESTCHESTER FAMILY's articles range from "How to be a better dad", "Capture the spirit of family holidays", etc; their mission: to provide locally relevant, insightful and useful resources that support and empower parents (in an upscale, touchy-feely sort of way - K)

Please complain politely but VERY VERY STRONGLY!!

We've been down this road already and promises were made. I have already placed a call to editor Jean Sheff (914) 381-7474.  How in heaven's name are they giving Safari International 'PSA' status??? Why are they running ads for hunters?  AND WE WANT EQUAL TIME!

Email: jean.sheff@parenthood.com  

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From: Valarie Will

Sent: Thu, 10 Jun 2004 07:53:44

Welcome to the privileged world of Safari Club Int.....they have had ads in WNY papers for a couple of years.....usually promoting hunting myths and knocking animal activists.  The members are major trophy hunters...often prominent business people with a lot of influence.  

The local outdoor column reports about their lobbying efforts.  They are a force to be reckoned with....they have the time and money to wine and dine publishers and politicians.  They donate  money to Boy Scouts etc.  To read about these animal-destroyers check out Scully's Dominion...he devotes a lot of print space to them.  

Safari Club is not only a threat to wildlife...they are a threat to all animals because their efforts to discredit activists spills over to all phases of our work.


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