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


Activism Unleashed
By Heather Moore

Helping Not Hurting

Elaine Sloan, a breast cancer survivor and dedicated animal rights activist, agrees that "more people should take steps to help animals. All of them. Mice and rats and cows and chickens and other animals feel pain just like dogs and cats do. It's incongruous to pet some animals and eat, wear, or experiment on others."

Elaine was not pleased when she found out that proceeds from the Avon 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk were being used to fund cruel, irrelevant experiments on animals. She contacted the charity–repeatedly–and threatened to give back the pledges she had collected if they were not designated for non-animal purposes.

"I don't want any animals tortured in my name," said Elaine. "There is already enough suffering in this world; we don't need to inflict any moreŠ Animals' lives are just as special to them as ours are to us."

On November 2, 2001, soon after she began contacting the charity to complain, she received a letter from Mary Quinn, the senior manager of Avon Products Foundation, Inc., informing her that "[a]s of this fall, the official policy of the Avon Products Foundation is that no new Avon Breast Cancer Crusade funds will be used to support breast cancer research products involving the use of animals."

Elaine was elated. "It took a bit of work, but apparently I made enough of a nuisance of myself to have an effect."

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