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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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Activism Unleashed
By Heather Moore

Animal Rights NOW!

Cable access shows are an effective way to reach a large audience. Phyllis Bedford, the volunteer producer of Animal Rights NOW!, a cable access show in Atlanta, Ga., regularly shows graphic footage from inside animal research laboratories and on factory farms, coverage of animal rights protests, interviews with individuals in the animal rights movement, and more.

Animal Rights NOW! is in its sixth consecutive season thanks to Phyllis' dedication and persistence. Since the station grants air time on a first come, first awarded basis, Phyllis camps out in front of the station's door before 6:30 a.m. on the first day the station accepts applications. Because the office doesn't even open until 10 a.m., she usually beats out the other producers and is assured air time for the next season.

"I'd really like to encourage other activists to check into getting a show on their cable access station," says Phyllis. "PETA is so generous with their video resources that it makes it easy to expose animal suffering that is normally hidden from the public. And if the public doesn't know the problem exists, change is not likely to happen."

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