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|Originally Posted: 12 July 2010|
Tell Our Lady of Mount Carmel to Stop Giving Away Living Animals as Prizes
FROM New York Bird Club
Tell Our Lady of Mount Carmel's street festival organizers to STOP giving away live hermit crabs, lizards and frogs as "prizes" at their street festival (July 18, 2010). All of God's creatures deserve to be honored. not treated as commodities!
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
The Our Lady of Mount Carmel feast (now through July 18), the annual street festival in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is illegally using live animals as prizes in games of chance (hermit crabs, anole lizards and frogs). Besides being illegal, giving these animals away as prizes promotes the idea that animals are merely disposable commodities and puts the animals in the position of inevitably becoming victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment.
While it is not illegal to use fish as prizes, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church should cease this behavior as well. No animal should be treated merely as an object and taken home on a whim. Please contact the ASPCA's Humane Law Enforcement team and request that they immediately dispatch an officer to stop this behavior and confiscate the animal victims.
Thus far, Empty Cages Collective's requests to the ASPCA have gone unanswered. Please also contact Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and request that they immediately halt the use of animals as prizes and relinquish custody of the remaining animals to Empty Cages Collective, an animal rescue and advocacy organization, for proper placement or eventual release into their native habitats!
The Our Lady of Mount Carmel feast street festival is taking place on Havemeyer Street (between N. 8th and N. 9th) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!