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


Bull Riding Harms Animals

Published in AM NEW YORK (
26 Jun 2006:

Regarding your photo of a steer at Madison Square Garden to promote their upcoming bull riding event: You should have had a photo of these animals packed into hot boxcars without food or water (donšt want them making a mess) on their way to this event.

You should have had a photo of the animal being hit with an electric prod, having his tail yanked and twisted and being hit with poles to make this peaceful animal appear 'wild' in the chute.

You should have had a photo of the filthy 'cowboy' yanking a strap cinched tightly near the steer's genitals to make him 'buck'.

And you should have had a photo of the cowboy monster kicking the animal as he lies on the ground unable to get up.

The Professional Bull riders Association didn't supply you with those pictures? How surprising. I have them.

Let me know when you plan to publish them-I'm sure you and the rest of the media are eager to show both sides of this miserable, archaic cruelty-fest that 'Dominion' author Matthew Scully calls "Americašs answer to bullfighting."

--Kiley Blackman, Animal Defenders of Westchester

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