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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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Animal-abuse reaction of some 'sickening'

(Original publication: July 27, 2004) The Journal News

Re: "Some KFC diners find chicken abuses distasteful," July 22 news story:

Westchesterites have hit a new low in the selfishness department. To hear that customers are not swayed by PETA's heart-wrenching video of chickens being thrown around and stomped on by frustrated factory workers is sickening.

Worse, some of the comments border on blatant stupidity.

One man said, "They're all going to die anyway," so he didn't care how the workers treated the chickens, while an Elmsford woman "felt bad" but wasn't going to worry because "what you can't see won't hurt you"!

What about other things besides "you" and what "you want"?

What about compassion and the suffering of the animals that occurs whether you see it or not, but occurs because you continue to support it?

This article was a real wake-up call. If these KFC customers are any indication of the larger population of this county, Westchesterites' attitudes are no better than those of Germans who looked the other way during WWII since what they couldn't see wouldn't hurt them.

Allison Lee Solin, Scarsdale


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