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Animal Defenders of Westchester
P.O. Box 205
Yonkers, NY 10704

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Helping public, wildlife co-exist

Published in THE JOURNAL NEWS, 8/13/06:

http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060813/OPINION02/608130323/1016 

(Original publication: August 13, 2006)

Thank you, Journal News, for your Aug. 3 article on the efforts of local animal control, wildlife rehabilitators and veterinarians in rescuing a fawn stuck in a fence after being chased by a dog ("Injured deer returned to Irvington woods"). Your coverage illustrates a variety of important issues:

That wildlife can and should be treated with caring, respect and compassion;

That newspapers and the media can be a positive force in helping the public co-exist peacefully with wildlife;

That people are willing and able to donate their time and abilities to providing quality of life to those who share our earth;

That the public should obey leash laws and not let their dogs run free, which is a danger not only to wildlife, but to the dog himself.

I truly believe that the vast majority of people understand that wildlife habitats are being disrupted through no fault of their own, and want to help rather than hurt; and that people feel a kinship with animals, which stories like this glorify and honor.

Kiley Blackman, Yonkers
The writer is spokesperson,
Animal Defenders of Westchester


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