Animal Defenders of Westchester

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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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IMPORTANT: Contact Senator Re Rodeos

ADOW is working on a similar bill to NYC's that would ban rodeos in Westchester.  We have Assemblyman Gary Pretlow on board, and have contacted Sen. Vincent Leibell.  Please politely but strongly urge him to create this bill for submission in the January session of the Legislature.  Make particular mention if you are a Westchester resident and/or Republican - though you needn't be either to contact him.  

Points to cover:

- Mt. Vernon and South Salem have already gotten rid of their rodeos after activist intervention; other Westchester areas are very unlikely to bring in rodeos and would offer little resistance to such a bill;

- Cruelty and also trickery of rodeos (i.e. in Mt Vernon they called the police on our peaceful demonstration six times per day; this actually worked against the rodeo, as the police got disgusted with them.  And do we want our police depts tied up with such nonsense?)

- Public safety: Westchester has been served with a Notice of Dangerous Condition regarding traveling animal acts which includes SEEING a distressing incident at these acts.  Animals have died at rodeos; lawsuits for mental anguish could be filed.

- The conditions animals travel in and are maintained in, before and after the show.

- Precedence is set here: the Greenburgh ordinance covers rodeos.

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