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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

Press Release

PETCO...WHERE THE PETS GO - TO DIE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:
KILEY BLACKMAN
ADOW@ADOW.ORG
WWW.ADOW.ORG

YONKERS, NY On Saturday, July 12, 2003 members of ANIMAL DEFENDERS OF WESTCHESTER (ADOW) will conduct a demonstration outside Petco at 2350 Central Avenue in Yonkers, from 2:30 - 4:00 pm, to protest their negligent and appalling conditions for animals. A simultaneous demo will be held at Petco in Glen Cove, L.I., where animals died recently during an air conditioner outage in that store; in addition, at least 10 nationwide demos against Petco are planned.

Fact: The majority of animals sold in Petco come from large deplorable breeding mills. Animals are crammed into filthy, unventilated cages; they are shipped to Petco often unweaned, and so sick from transport they often die shortly after being placed on the shelves, or in the shipping box: an insider reports a box of animals was delivered to Petco and left ignored and unopened for a week. He also asserts the Glen Cove tragedy was completely avoidable.

Fact: Petco employess themselves have contacted Peta, with complaints ranging from being told to put sick animals in the freezer to die, to animals being left in their enclosures for days at a time without food and water

Fact: Conditions are so bad, lawsuits have been filed by four venues, including San Francisco, demanding that Petco stop selling live animals. Pet shop trade magazines have blasted Petco on their front pages.

Kiley Blackman, organizer of this event, said "Though we prefer people to patronize shops that don't sell any live animals, please at least make an effort to purchase pet-related items anywhere but Petco, which has horrifying disregard for animals in their care."

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