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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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Don't exploit animals through rodeos

Published in the Daily Democrat 06/30/2006
http://www.dailydemocrat.com/ci_3999384
Daily Democrat

The city of Woodland needs to consider prohibiting any activities that exploit animals or have the potential to inflict injury. Animal events or practices that are inherently cruel (tripping, calf roping, flank straps, spurring, electronic prods, etc.) have no business being sanctioned or promoted by a public agency. Unfortunately there are plenty of private groups that will do the deed and assume the obligatory posture of remorse for injury or death to the animals that may occur.

Whether it is charreada or rodeo, the cruel exploitation of animals, who are the unwilling participants, should not be condoned by the city of Woodland. The correlation between animal abuse and human abuse has been well documented and proven. Rodeos (and charreada) are prime examples of activities that engrain in minds the concepts of inflicting suffering, dominance, accompanied by a lack of concern or compassion. Please urge Woodland decision makers to NOT drag Woodland into long-term social and criminal consequences that these types of events can germinate.

Insist that Woodland officials consider sanctioning only events and activities that do NOT endanger lives and well being of any animals. Public attitudes toward the treatment of all animals is changing - cruelty is considered not only barbaric, but also abominable and criminal by the vast majority. Only healthy alternatives that do not involve animals would be appropriate for a public agency to support.

Marilyn Jasper, Loomis


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