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Animal Defenders of Westchester
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Yonkers, NY 10704

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Kiley Blackman  
[email protected]   

Westchester, NY March 13, 2006    Members of Animal Defenders of Westchester will be present at the ‘Westchester County Film Festival Awards Ceremony’ on March 13 at 7 PM, to urge festival promoters to include films that address animal protection issues.  Thus far

ADOW has submitted two award-winning films to the festival organizers for consideration: ‘THE WITNESS,’ and ‘PEACEABLE KINGDOM,’ both produced by Jenny and James LeVeck.  ‘THE WITNESS’ tells the remarkable story of Eddie Lama, a former junkie whose life is changed after babysitting for his girlfriend’s cat; becoming aware of the different ways animals are exploited, he rigs a van with a tv camera and cruises the NY streets showing video of factory farms, fur production, and other atrocities the public never sees.  He speaks eloquently on how what he’s learned can benefit the environment and your health, as well. ‘THE WITNESS’ is currently airing on Link TV.

‘PEACEABLE KINGDOM’ is about rescue organization Farm Sanctuary and former rancher Howard Lymon, author of Mad Cowboy.  Lymon was Oprah Winfrey’s advisor when she was sued by the cattlemen’s industry; a health scare caused him to sell his cattle and advocate for animal protection and human lifestyle changes.  

Both films are full of humor as well as tears; ‘KINGDOM’  been described as ‘life-changing;’  the L.A. Times: “It's risky business referring to any presentation as epiphanic. Yet 'The Witness' might merit the term... The psychology is clear, if unstated: If a tough guy like Eddie can nuzzle his favorite cat, can love animals and fight for them, then damn it, so can we!” We want the Westchester Film Festival to show either film - and let the public decide for themselves.

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