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


USTA should stop sponsoring rodeos

Published in THE JOURNAL NEWS, Sept 2, 2002:

Animal Defenders of Westchester was present recently at the International Championship Rodeo. We were there to protest animal abuse and exploitation by traveling animal acts.

This particular rodeo, sponsored by the Circuits Division of the United States Tennis Association, took place, not on the lovely rolling hills of Harrison, home of the USTA, but in the South Bronx.

The rodeo business pushes these sad remnants of questionable 'Americana" into poorer areas of the Bronx and Mount Vernon - they are never held in the tonier neighborhoods.

This year this tennis rodeo has shamelessly and blatantly exploited the death of a Sept. 11 firefighter, aligning itself with his heroism to sell tickets. Does no one see through such a cheap ploy?

I maintain that there is nothing heroic or manly about cinching a strap painfully near an animal's genitals to make him 'buck," or yanking a terrified animal off his feet by his neck and smashing him to the ground. These activities have been banned in municipalities all over the United States and the world, most recently in the Town of Greenburgh. Furthermore, the City of Mount Vernon is currently in the process of creating its own ordinance against these events, which teach children that it is acceptable to bully helpless beings.

We are calling upon the USTA to immediately withdraw all involvement with this rodeo, and any other traveling animal act. I thank The Journal News for giving us a voice about this situation, which was denied us by all other print media.

Kiley Blackman

The writer is spokesperson,
Animal Defenders of Westchester

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