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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



Published in ' letters to the editor' in the March '05 issue of WESTCHESTER MAGAZINE

While I applaud your efforts to acknowledge the bond between humans and their companion animals in your February issue, I was extremely disheartened and disappointed to see no mention of local animal shelters or rescue groups.  These individuals help to insure the well-being of all of Westchester's animals, not only those who qualify as 'pampered pets.'  Your encouragement of adopting purebred over the 'standard tabby' or 'plain old alley cat' is offensive and nothing short of irresponsible, when we look at the countless number of loving animals that are euthanized in this county each year for want of good homes.

Many of these so-called 'purebreds' suffer from inherent genetic diseases brought on by irresponsible breeding, resulting in a painful experience for both the animal and guardian.  I would hope that a future issue of your magazine would highlight the plight of the 'other half' of Westchester's companion animal population.

Lydia S. Antoncic, Esq.
Director of Projects
Animal Welfare Trust

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