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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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Stop Factory Farming

Factory farming is a tragedy

Letter published in THE JOURNAL NEWS, 10/2/02:

If you were a calf on a modern-day factory farm, you'd be torn from your mother at birth, chained by the neck in a tiny crate and fed a vitamin-deficient slop to keep your skin white for veal. You'd suffer loneliness, chronic diarrhea and respiratory disease.

If you were a pregnant sow, you'd be in a crate so small you couldn't even turn around. You'd still be caged after your babies were born and they'd have to nurse through metal bars.

If you were a hen in a factory farm, you'd be crammed with seven friends into a cage the size of a folded newspaper. The wire mesh cages would cut your feet and rip your feathers. Your male babies would be smothered at birth in garbage bags.

Factory farms have replaced most small family-run farms in the United States. Most Americans believe animals should be treated humanely, yet 45 billion innocent, sentient cows, pigs and chickens are deprived, crowded, mutilated and often butchered while conscious in factory farms each year.

People are also victims of factory farming. The filthy pens and misuse of antibiotics breed drug-resistant pathogens that sicken and kill thousands of Americans yearly; heart disease, cancer and stroke are linked to heavy meat consumption.

Factory farming also causes severe soil depletion, waterway pollution and devastation of forests.

Oct. 2, Gandhi's birthday, is the 20th anniversary of World Farm Animal's Day. During this entire week, events across America will document the tragedy of modern farming. For more information please visit www.wfad.org .

Kiley Blackman

Yonkers

The writer is spokesperson, Animal Defenders of Westchester


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