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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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Very Important: Contact Ch 12, Journal News about March of Dimes

It has become apparent that local broadcast and print media rarely cover our events. We've realized that, while we frequently get press, it's usually not local press. The biggest outrage, if you recall, was Channel 12 interviewing the March of Dimes (MOD) Walkathoner's and us, and only broadcasting them. It is my opinion that they defer to advertiser interests (Petco, MOD, KFC, etc.) This is unacceptable.

We are a very active group; and while we don't expect the local press to cover all of our events, I expect them to be treat us far more fairly, and I am asking you to take the following action/s:

The Journal News is Westchester's 'Premier Newspaper.' They are branching out into NYC.

They are a Gannett newspaper. 'Civitas' recently posted the Gannett 'Principles of Ethical Conduct'. It indicates complaints can be filed with the managing editor if certain principles in reporting aren't followed. www.gannett.com/job/jobs/principles.htm  

PLEASE CONTACT THE JOURNAL NEWS MANAGING EDITOR CYNDEE ROYLE AND STRONGLY COMPLAIN ABOUT THE VIOLATION OF THEIR PRINCIPLES IN RELATION TO ANIMAL ADVOCATE ACTIVITIES. DO NOT accept that they cover such stories as the Mt Vernon 'pet shop' story - they HAD to cover that.

Some Gannett principles you can cite:

1) WE ARE COMMITTED TO:

Seeking and reporting the truth in a truthful way;

We will dedicate ourselves to reporting the news accurately, thoroughly and in context;

2) MAINTAINING INDEPENDENCE:

We will be free of improper obligations to news sources, newsmakers and advertisers;

We will provide news and information that people need to function as effective citizens;

We will seek solutions as well as expose problems and wrongdoing;

WE WILL REFLECT AND ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING OF THE DIVERSE SEGMENTS OF OUR COMMUNITY;

Managing Editor Cyndee Royle email address: croyle@thejournalnews.com  

Please also complain to Janine Rose, News Director of Channel 12. Channel 12 said they were too busy with more important news to cover the foie gras ducklings at Trader Joe's; they broadcast an art show that night.

Janine Rose email address: jrose@news12.com  

You might also tell both sources you will not purchase their newspaper/cable station as long as this trend continues.

Many, Many thanks!


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