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


Circuses must go

Letter published in TIMES HERALD RECORD:
July 04, 2003

Letters to the editor for July 4, 2003

I have traveled through the Town of Wallkill, and found it charming and pretty. I am also an animal protection advocate, and have had correspondence with Supervisor John Ward concerning his insistence upon bringing in cruel, antiquated animal-user circuses.

I am wondering why Ward feels the need to misrepresent the facts of this issue by telling me circuses are brought in by the state; the fact is, every municipality in America has total say-so on admitting or denying these circuses. Is Ward profiting from traveling animal acts, but afraid to admit it?

As I said during the ordinance voting in the Town of Greenburgh, "An elephant named Tyke rampaged through Honolulu during a circus performance; it took almost 100 gunshots to stop her as she ran through the streets, covered in blood; is it worth it for an hour of supposed 'fun'?"

I say to Wallkill: Is it really worth it?

Kiley Blackman
Animal Defenders of Westchester

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