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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 Meat Eating - Save the Environment

Keep Animal Waste Out of Our Waters

From the Sierra Club website www.sierraclub.org/factoryfarms/

Stop Factory Farm Pollution

America's drinking water, rivers and lakes are at risk from giant, corporate-owned factory farms. These Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) confine thousands of animals in one facility, and produce staggering amounts of animal waste in the process (2.7 trillion pounds per year).

Too often, this waste leaks into our rivers and streams, fouling our air, contaminating our drinking water and spreading disease. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, hog, chicken and cattle waste has polluted 35,000 miles of rivers in 22 states and contaminated groundwater in 17 states.

November 11, 2003

A federal court in Kentucky ruled today that corporate giant Tyson Foods is responsible for pollution at its factory farms. Read our press release, and download the court ruling here (4mb PDF file).

November 7, 2003

The Meatrix

The Meatrix is a Flash animation that spoofs the popular Matrix movies. But instead of Keanu Reaves, the Meatrix stars a young pig,

Leo, who lives on a pleasant family farm... or so he thinks. Leo is approached by a wise and mysterious cow, Moopheus, who shows Leo the truth about modern farming -- the truth about the Meatrix!

The film describes the problems with factory farming and offers viewers a solution - the final page of the flash directs viewers to the Eat Well Guide, a national online directory of sustainable-raised meat, which is available at www.eatwellguide.org . Enjoy the show!

The Meatrix is a collaboration of the Global Resource Action Center for the Environment (GRACE) and Free Range Graphics.

Burger King likes to say that customers can "have it their way," but none of the ways to order a Whopper includes the option of meat raised without unnecessary antibiotics even though overuse of antibiotics in agriculture contributes to the emerging public-health crisis of antibiotic resistance.

Tell Burger King "Our Way: Reduce Antibiotics!"

Take the Keep Antibiotics Working Pledge and send a message to President Bush, Congress, and meat and fish producers that you support phasing out feeding antibiotics to farm animals that are not sick.

The Rap Sheet on Animal Factories

Large-scale corporate animal factories pollute our air and water, endanger our health, and drive responsible family farmers out of business. Environmental violations by the meat industry add up to a lengthy rap sheet.

Low Plains Drifter

Tales from the road trip of Sierra Club organizer Ken Midkiff, who traveled the West organizing local communities against the growing menace of Big Pig, Big Chicken, and Big Dairy.

Antibiotics and Factory Farms

Antibiotics use on factory farms affects everyone's health. Plus, a link to resources for antibiotics-free meat.


About Our Campaign:

The Sierra Club's campaign to protect America's water from factory farms -- one of the organization's four national priority campaigns -- is committed to keeping factory farm pollution out of America's drinking water, lakes and rivers, and eliminating the threats that CAFOs pose to our public health and rural heritage.


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