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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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Children's Festival Petting Zoo

This year, Harlem Week actually stretches from August 1 - Aug. 15. . This is a popular event in NYC, featuring cultural, health, sports, career recruitment and other booths and exhibits.

On August 14 and 15 the 'Children's Festival' will feature a petting zoo, along with dance troops, theater, poetry, hip hop and super heros from comic books. An estimated 30,000 family members will attend this event.

Please write polite letters to the organizers of this event, asking them to reconsider bringing in a petting zoo; there is overwhelming evidence of trauma to these animals, who are brought in crowded trucks, frequently without food and water so they don't 'make a mess;' they are poked, prodded, kicked; veterinarians have reported smaller animals being crushed underfoot by larger, frightened and agitated animals. It is also a human health hazard.

*NOTE: if I thought there were the remotest evidence that the children learn or 'make the connection' at these petting zoos, I'd reconsider; there is none. At Stew Leonards Market, the petting zoo is right next to the hamburger stand, which is always crowded.

We might be able to make inroads with this; the person who informed me of it hadn't thought about it till I mentioned my concerns about the Black rodeo to her, regarding another event. She came to me the next day with the above three-page info, and pointed to the petting zoo. Demo, anyone? When we demo'd the petting zoo at Amodio's Garden Center, we got excellent press.

*ALSO: if you'd like to be an AR exhibitor of materials, food, etc., also contact the same persons listed below.

Email: Mr. Causey, [email protected]  
cc: Ms. Smalling, [email protected]  
or call (212) 862-8710

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