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

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Bronx Bar Association's 'Day at the Races'

I had a long talk with Robert Shaw, the previous president of the Bronx Bar Association, who is currently involved with arranging the annual 'Day at the Races' at Belmont raceway; he says they may not have this event this year!


For the last three years, the Bronx Bar Association has held a 'Day at the Races' fundraiser at Belmont raceway in July. The first year they did not return phone calls regarding stopping this event.

We subsequently asked activists to contact the Bronx Bar Association; I was able to get a letter to the editor into NY Newsday, and they printed the Bar Association's name, much to my surprise. Other outreach was done as well. The recent query for horse auction video was going to be provided to this association.

Well, we may not need it, which would be especially remarkable in the SEABISCUIT climate. Please continue to contact Bronx Bar Association president Frank Loverro; politely but strongly urge the Bar to terminate ANY events that involve animal exploitation. Here are some points that you might reinforce, that arose from my talk with Robert Shaw:

- He cited NYS Racing Assn inspections (though he did finally allow that drugs are sometimes administered to horses to mast injuries and make them run faster);

- He compared horse racing to human racing (obviously humans are willing participants);

- He asked what difference it would make if one event was cancelled, in the greater scheme of things;

- He asked for suggestions of fundraisers that don't use animals.

THESE ARE THE LAWMAKERS; OUR INFLUENCE IS CRUCIAL! Please congratulate Bx Bar Assn pres. Frank Loverro in advance for having the wisdom to remove the Bar from animal exploitation.

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