Animal Defenders of Westchester (ADOW) is comprised of a very active group of dedicated grassroots volunteers who do letter-writing campaigns, demonstrations and informational tabling in Westchester County and surrounding areas, for the purpose of educating and raising public awareness to the suffering of animals; and the benefits of a vegetarian diet for health and for the environment. We also do a great deal of media contact and outreach.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." (Margaret Meade)
SOME OF OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
* We were the first in New York State to get an ordinance against traveling exotic animal acts in the Town of Greenburgh.
* We were successful in getting the South Bronx to drop the Bronx International Championship Rodeo, which was sponsored by the US Tennis Association.
* We persuaded Van Cordtlandt Manor to drop its elephant and camel rides, which they had featured for ten years.
* Our intervention helped Mt. Vernon and North Salem make the decision to stop featuring rodeos.
* Our efforts, which were covered by all major TV stations, helped raise to felony level the arrests of three men accused of running a “training camp” for pitbull fights who had only been charged with misdemeanors.
* Our letters on various animal protection topics regularly appear in major newspapers.
* Our outreach persuaded the Trader Joe's food market chain to stop selling foie gras.
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