CIRCUS OF THE FUTURE COMES TO WESTCHESTER!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
29 July 2004
CONTACT: Kiley Blackman
YONKERS, NY JULY 31 On Saturday, July 31 members of
Animal Defenders of Westchester (ADOW) will be on hand from 3:00 - 4:00 pm,
to welcome the first animal-free circus into Westchester County, when the
Moscow State Circus appears at the EJ Murray Skating Center, 348 Tuckahoe
Road in Yonkers.
The list of reasons to put an end to animal-user
circuses was added to on July 14, when according to a whistleblower, a
young, healthy Ringling Bros. lion died while riding in a poorly ventilated
boxcar crossing the Mojave desert, where the temperature is 100+ degrees F.
This incident is being investigated by Chester Gipson of the USDA. Visit
for more circus-animal tragedies.
Furthermore, ADOW is in negotiations with the
Westchester Board of Legislators to implement a county-wide restriction for
traveling animal acts on public property, as was enacted in Greenburgh in
2002. Recently the Hanneford Circus, longtime fixture at the White Plains
County Center, tried to sneak in elephants infected with tuberculosis, which
would jeopardize public safety, along with documented rampages, etc.
Kiley Blackman, organizer of this event said,
"Westchester County has been served with a NOTICE OF DANGEROUS CONDITION
regarding the dangers of traveling animal acts, which establishes County
liability; an onslaught of lawsuits could negatively affect property taxes -
is watching an elephant stand on her head really worth it?
And let's not forget what happened to Roy Horn!"