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Animal Defenders of Westchester
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Yonkers, NY 10704

Press Release


12 June 2003

Kiley Blackman  
[email protected]   

Yonkers, NY On Saturday, June 14, 2003 members of Animal Defenders of Westchester (ADOW) will conduct a demonstration outside Cross County Shopping Center, Vredenberg Ave entrance in Yonkers, from 2 - 4 p.m., to protest the appearance of baby elephant rides and a petting zoo at Stop 'N Shop Superstores in Cross County Shopping Center.

Elephants have very strong family attachments and love their babies just as humans do; mother elephants have to be beaten, starved and drugged to remove their babies from them. Petting zoo animals are dragged around the state in deplorable conditions till they are no longer cute, at which point they go to the slaughterhouse.

Cummerford Zoo, supplier of this event, has numerous violations and was the supplier to Van Cortlandt Manor's "Animals And Acrobats" event till activists educated them on Cummerford's filthy operation.

Susequently VCM terminated its relationship with Cummerford, and with all elephant/camel rides as well.

Furthermore, Stop 'N Shop is deliberately misleading the public by stating this event has 'no relationship to Stop 'N Shop' but rather is being run by Cross County Shopping Center; a phone call to the Center's Executive office brought a strong denial, and charges of duplicity against Stop 'N Shop.

Kiley Blackman, organizer of this event, said "I can't imagine why Stop 'N Shop would want to ruin their good name by being related to animal cruelty and lying to the public aobut their involvement as well. I strongly urge them to discontinue this sad, unnecessary activity that only casts them in a bad light."

* Stop 'N Shop discontinued further such events after activist outreach

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