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


Eating animals is also cruelty


(Original publication: June 16, 2005)

We wish to thank the public and the press for attending the June 8 screening of the award-winning documentary "Peaceable Kingdom" at the Will Library in Yonkers. This film, about rescued farm animals in upstate New York, has awed audiences since its creation.

I truly believe most people will not tolerate animal cruelty. The recent outpouring of Journal News letters condemning the man accused of kicking an old, blind dog was commendable; but why love some animals and eat others?

Animals in today's farms truly live hell on earth; and if you eat less flesh, here are other things you will accomplish:

All major illnesses, including cancer, diabetes and heart disease, are statistically decreased with a plant-based diet. And the Washington Post just reported a study showing that, contrary to National Dairy Council claims, the more milk children drank, the fatter they got.

You will help the environment, which is being polluted by massive factory farm excretion runoff, pesticides and fertilizers used to produce feed for animals. Fuel energy is a major component of intensive farming, and twice as much water is used to produce a pound of meat than the same amount of grain.

And, yes, it is time to realize that all animals who share this earth have the same right to peace and respect as we do. They are not our breeding machines, betting tools, laboratory numbers or slabs of flesh on a plate.

For reference sources, please visit our Web site at ; to view a preview of the film, visit .

Kiley Blackman, Yonkers
The writer is spokesperson,
Animal Defenders of Westchester

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