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

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Important: contact Westchester Board of Legislators

On Monday, Sept. 13 we will be addressing some members of the Westchester Board of Legislators regarding the creation of a traveling animal act ordinance.  This subject is now before the "Community Affairs Committe" headed by Legislator Jose Alvarado.  We want to move it out of committee.

Unfortunately I have been informed that, contrary what I hoped, the Westchester Board of Legislators can only ban traveling animal acts on county-owned property.  I had hoped that they could enact a county-wide ban, as opposed to having to address each separate municipality in Westchester, of which there are several.

HOWEVER: this would include the Westchester County Center, longtime host of the 'Royal' Hanneford Circus here, as well as a few other county-owned properties.  And, as I see it, it would be a plus for Westchester County to take such a position.  Westchester is a rich (i.e. powerful) municipality.  And, of course, the legislators will go back to their respective venues with an education and, hopefully, an inclination.

PLEASE CONTACT THE LIST OF COUNTY LEGISLATORS BELOW; in this instance I see no problem with one letter being cc'd to the others.  The primary issue to stress is public safety and health.  Cite Westchester County having been served with a NOTICE OF DANGEROUS CONDITION, which enhances liability.  Also, the Hanneford Circus tried to sneak TB-infected elephants into a performance in 2000 - we dwelt heavily on that fact in our leafletting this year:

WILLIAM RYAN, CHAIRPERSON: [email protected]  

JOSE ALVARADO (head of 'Community Affairs Committee'): [email protected]  

GEORGE OROS: [email protected]  

URSULA MOTTE: [email protected]  

ROBERT ASTORINO: [email protected]  

MICHAEL KAPLOWITZ: [email protected]  

MARTIN ROGOWSKY: [email protected]  

GEORGE LATIMER: [email protected]  

LOIS BRONZ: [email protected]  

RICHARD WISHNIE (CO-CHAIR): [email protected]  

VITO PINTO: [email protected]  

ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS: [email protected]  

BERNICE SPRECKMAN: [email protected]  

LOU MOSIELLO: [email protected]  

JAMES MAISANO: [email protected]  

THOMAS ABINANTO: [email protected]  

CLINTON YOUNG: [email protected]  

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