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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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Sport of kings?

Published in the NY DAILY NEWS www.nydailynews.com , May 12, 2006:

Yonkers: Voicer Virgilio Carballo uses a racehorse, Barbaro, to promote the assimilation of immigrants in America - but why would he want to make his case using animal cruelty as an example? Investigation reveals an industry rife with greed, abuse and scandal. As Bill Finley once wrote in the Daily News: "The thoroughbred racehorse is a genetic mistake. It runs too fast, its frame is too large and its legs are far too small. As long as mankind demands that it run at high speeds under stressful conditions, horses will die at racetracks." (And don't forget that whip in the jockey's hand.) Racehorses are overbred. Those that don't make the cut go straight to auction - a disgusting, heartless place where these beautiful animals are treated like disposable garbage. The immigrant issue is controversial enough without aligning it with a "sport" that should be banned.

Kiley Blackman
 


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