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Animal Defenders of Westchester
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Yonkers, NY 10704

Press Release



Kiley Blackman  
[email protected]   

Del Seligman, Esq
[email protected]  

Westchester, NY   Oct. 21, 2004 Animal Defenders of Westchester (ADOW) is pleased to announce the filing of a NOTICE OF DANGEROUS CONDITION regarding hunting in Westchester County, as well possible hunting in the Town of Greenburgh.

According to a NY Post article,  the DEC is offering hunters added time and opportunities to hunt on watershed land that at one time was closed by the events of 9/11 (“More chances for hunters” Oct. 17) This not only poses a security risk for obvious reasons; in addition, the NOTICE raises county liability due to the increased risk of hunter-related accidents.  

This NOTICE states in part: “The County of Westchester, its duly retained contractor(s)...have made known their intent to permit bow/firearm hunting within its confines, which pose dangers such as impaling and shooting to the public; in addition, emotional and psychological distress from witnessing said actions; other risks include the possibility of increased deer/car collisions resulting from frightened deer running into the roadway...”

This legal notice gives effected person/s the right to sue the County of Westchester in the event of casualty, or even being the unfortunate recipient of seeing the result of hunting - as in the case of a resident who, to his alarm, found a dead doe with an arrow still in her, in his yard.  

Hunter efficacy is notoriously inaccurate.  Kiley Blackman, ADOW spokesperson said, “Hunter training and requirements are  minimal, and accidents are plentiful

Indeed, a recent meeting of the Greenburgh ‘deer committee’ was addressed by a hunter with Tourette’s Syndrome - an illness characterized by twitches and spasms so violent sufferers report being unable to use a computer!  

Lawsuits might negatively effect property taxes - and our property taxes just went up 21%!  Why is Westchester jeopardizing our safety and property taxes?”


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