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We advocate on all animal protection and exploitation issues, including experimentation, factory farming, rodeos, breeders and traveling animal acts.

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

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Westchester4Geese visits Congressman Eliot Engel
August 20, 2013

On 8/20/13 Westchester4Geese descended on the office of Congressman Eliot Engel (D - 16th District) ; we'd been contacting his office for over a month to get a meeting date - but this turned out to be 'perfect' timing, coming on the heels of the latest USDA atrocity in Staten Island where they viciously rounded up and slaughtered beloved turkey families - and the purpose of our visit was to discuss the USDA with him, as they are a federal agency.  We expressed our request that legislation be created to make this agency be far more transparent; that notifications go out to the public before any 'culls,' in an adequate time to allow for public comment and debate; severely limiting the amount of permits issued; and eliminating the p.r. stunt of 'donating' the warning-labeled flesh from 'culls' to food banks.  Mr. Engel immediately announced he was an animal lover, said he doesn't believe in 'culls' (even for deer), said he found it difficult to look at pictures of 'culls,' and opined that the public needed to be educated about the fact that the USDA are not 'the experts' in this area.  

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We will be following up with Congressman Engel's office on this issue in the coming weeks. Thanks to what they did in S.I., the public has had an even better glimpse into the nefarious operation of the taxpayer-funded USDA, as the slaughter at Jamaica Bay etc get even more publicity; their plundering of our wildlife has gone on too long.


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