From Animal Defenders of Westchester (ADOW)

We advocate on all animal protection and exploitation issues, including experimentation, factory farming, rodeos, breeders and traveling animal acts.

No Choice

Letter as published on New York Daily News
March 29, 2015

Tuckahoe, N.Y.: Voicer Patty Adjamine is right when she says horses “built this city” — but that role was forced upon them, against their will, through whips and shackles. How distressing, after their labor, that Adjamine wants to these intelligent beings to continue to suffer such treatment. People like her remain mired in illusions about the past. Teaching children to continue the enslavement of animals is hardly the “positive connection” we want as enlightened, decent, compassionate people in the 21st century.

Kiley Blackman, Tuckahoe


FYI: Below is a response to Kiley's letter...

April 3, 2015

Happy at work

Manhattan: Voicer Kiley Blackman appears to be the one who is “mired in illusions” about working animals. To equate any working animal with a human slave is offensive and obtuse. When the fire in the East Village occurred, were the working dogs who appeared being abused, or were they saving lives? Were the animals working on the pile after 9/11 abused or enslaved? Are the police horses in NYC slaves, or are they performing duties to keep our streets safe? I choose to listen to the dozens of equine professionals who have examined carriage horses and deemed them healthy and happy over the protein-deprived, angry vegans with a chip on their shoulders.

Ava Seavey 


FYI: Below is Kiley's response to Ava's letter...

Published in the Daily News
April 19, 2015

Horse pucky

Tuckahoe, N.Y.: Voicer Ava Seavey knows she can’t dispute my facts about carriage horses, so instead she plays a slick shell game of outright lies and smokescreens, praying that people will be misled. But she cannot disprove what I said: Carriage horses, like all “work” horses, are forced to work with a whip over their head while shackled from head to toe, with a metal plate shoved into their mouth for further cruel control. Seavey can’t handle the truth, so she spews nasty, unrelated comments about 9/11 dogs and ignorant personal insults — so typical of a supporter of an industry mired in cover-ups, investigations, cash-only questionable tax dealings and the exploitation, suffering and tragic, needless deaths of helpless beings who collapse on city streets just so Seavey and her buddies can make an easy buck.

Kiley Blackman 

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