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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

Making a Difference

The list of dedicated activists and their achievements goes on and on. Virtually every day, PETA receives calls, letters, or e-mails from people like Pamela Dragon, a young woman who convinced an import store in her local mall to stop selling turtles and pledge to never again sell animals; Cherie and Craig Cline, an Oregon couple who influenced the Humane Society of the Willamette Valley to implement a "no meat at events" policy; and Mary Max, a New Yorker who swayed several restaurants to stop serving veal, arranged local screenings of animal activist Eddie Lama's award-winning animal rights video, The Witness, and more.

Activists all around the globe are making a difference for animals and PETA is attempting to help others become more active. Helping Animals 101, a two-day conference conducted by PETA, is offered for those who want to become more involved in the animal rights movement. The conference is designed to help both novice and experienced activists improve conditions at their local animal shelters, fight for anti-chaining and spay/neuter legislation, start animal rights groups, create effective displays, make and distribute leaflets, write informative letters to the editor, and much more. Upcoming conferences are scheduled in Los Angeles, Denver, New York City, Kansas City, and other cities around the U.S.

PETA also provides a variety of resources, including a Guide to Becoming an Activist, for people who want to help animals but are not able to attend the seminars. Activists can also order leaflets, posters, stickers, videos, and other materials for use in demonstrations and other outreach events.

Good intentions are not always enough. It will take unwavering activism to achieve animal liberation. As political philosopher Edmund Burke once said, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

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