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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


Cruelty isn't funny

letter published in SATYA, issue June, 2000

There is an alarming recent trend of showing animal cruelty for a laugh in movies and on tv; most recently, the movie WONDER BOYS depicts a blind dog being shot to death. It is a comedy.

Minorities, homosexuals, women, etc., protest against constant negative media depictions of themselves because this practice sends a very dangerous message. The result of this is that among the few remaining 'safe' targets for the media to bash are animals, though the 'dangerous message' applies to them too. Indeed, incidents of animal abuse are on the increase nationwide.

I sincerely hope that people who share my concern will not be shy about complaining to tv stations and boycotting these movies.

Watching animals being injured or killed is not entertainment. In the end, compassionate depictions of all sentient beings can only elevate and ennoble us as people.

Kiley Blackman

Yonkers, NY

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