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Animal Defenders of Westchester
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Press Release


Kiley Blackman
[email protected]  

February 14, 2004  White Plains  Members of Animal Defenders of Westchester will convene for a peaceful demonstration against the Royal Hanneford Circus at White Plains County Center on Saturday, Feb. 14, from Noon till 2:30 pm to protest cruel animal acts that pose a danger to the public as well.

Due to the tragic mauling of Roy Horn, coupled with incidents like a Hanneford elephant who rampaged through the audience in 1999, the City of White Plains has been served with a Notice of Dangerous Condition regarding traveling animal acts.  This Notice states:

"Having licensed a traveling show of wild animals including, but not limited to tigers, bears and elephants, which pose serious dangers, such as mauling, goring, impaling and trampling to the public and performers, leading to property damage, serious injuries and/or death; in addition, emotional, psychological distress from witnessing said actions; other health risks include the possibility of contracting diseases such as tuberculosis from the animals."

By permitting said dangerous conditions to exist within its confines, White Plains is exposing itself to lawsuits that could adversely affect property taxes of both store owners and private citizens.

Kiley Blackman, organizer of this event, said "A circus elephant in Hawaii rampaged through the streets during a performance and it took 87 shots to kill her; she bled to death in front of children and other spectators.  Is it really worth it for an hour of supposed 'fun'?"

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