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

Press Release



Kiley Blackman  
[email protected]   

August 20, 2005 Westchester, NY Animal Defenders of Westchester is pleased to announce the appearance of noted,  award-winning activist Eddie Lama, at the Will Library, 1500 Central Avenue, Yonkers, on Sept. 21, 2005 from 7-9 pm.  

Eddie’s story has been told on the MONTEL WILLIAMS SHOW, and captured on film by producer James LeVeck for the ground-breaking film, THE WITNESS.  Eddie Lama was a drug-using thug from Brooklyn, who happened to cat-sit for a woman he was trying to bed; and though he was raised to consider animals ‘dirty,  the little cat changed his life, nurturing a spark of compassion and humanity in him.  He  became an advocate for indigent, ‘disempowered’ people - and ultimately, for animals.  He runs a successful construction business; and he is founder of the Oasis Sanctuary in North Branch, NY, a refuge for abandoned, needy animals and a ‘way station’ for former alcoholics and drug users who live and work at the sanctuary .

Not satisfied with participating in demonstrations to raise awareness of animal cruelty, he fashioned a ‘traveling movie screen’ out of an old van and a tv; he then loaded it up with undercover video of fur and factory farms, laboratory testing on animals, etc - and drove it slowly through the NY streets... not stopping, not asking for money - just letting the tape roll.  The public saw images they’d never seen in their lives - and were shocked.

We will be presenting Eddie with an award as a small token of our deep gratitude; and we will be screening THE WITNESS in its entirely.  Kiley Blackman, organizer of this event, said, “We are honored to welcome Eddie Lama in Westchester.  His revolutionary act put a ‘ face’ on the plight of animals, and our sameness with them; he is an icon in this movement.”

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