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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


Nature's Best Pets

Sent to NY Newsday
21 April 2004

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NY Newsday

The recent story in the media about "Nature's Best Pets," the Port Jefferson, Long Island pet shop that has a kangaroo in a cage, points up the need for tighter laws regarding pet shop/'owner' situations.

This roo, kept in an eight-foot cage, will hop in the wild and stay close to his family. He doesn't belong in a cage; he deserves to live in his own natural surroundings. The pet shop won't release him to a sanctuary where he would have a good life.

The Captive Exotic Animal Act, currently before legislators, would restrict such injustices, and help decrease the black market for these animals, who are violently stolen from their homes and sold to pet shops, laboratories, zoos, etc.

The public also needs to be educated about these animals and the role they play as consumers. The animals are not blocks of wood; each feels pain, fear and loneliness exactly as humans do. They suffer as humans do. Be a compassionate shopper; don't purchase living beings who are sold in stores like so much Kleenex.

Kiley Blackman, Spokesperson
Animal Defenders of Westchester

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