Life is life, human or animal, and is a gift to be respected and cherished; it’s not a choice to respect it, it’s a duty, an obligation!
Boundaries change or should change as we evolve through creation history. After the fact we act horrified, scandalized, disbelieving when we recall– or are reminded — of the abuse inflicted on others considered to be different from humankind: the attempted extermination of European and East-European Jews by the Nazis, the enslavement of African people by European, Arab and American entrepreneurs, and the slaughter of Christian people for for their religious beliefs. Let us not forget the Armenian holocaust and the killing fields of Cambodia, or the Palestinian scandal that has left millions without a true home for more than 50 years. Laws now forbid discrimination based on gender, race, religion, physical or cognitive challenges, age, and sexual orientation. Yet just a century ago, human beings, women and people of color, Chinese, Italians, Irish, Sikhs, Catholics, Jews in the United States, who were seen as different by those with power faced discrimination, imprisonment, lynching, torture, exploitation, and death. Life is life, human or animal, and is a gift to be respected and cherished; it’s not a choice to respect it, it’s a duty, an obligation!
Gem Farms in Castleton, New York, the people who owned the buffalo, have taken down their webside for “mainenance”. Yeah! Right! Here’s their address and contact numbers, let them know what you think!
1333 Van Hoesen Rd
Castleton-On-Hudson, NY 12033
They’re also on FaceBook.
We feel that this entire event is the epitome of irresponsibility not only on the part of Gem Farms but also on the parts of the county, state, and local law enforcement. Not only were 15 magnificent animals senselessly and wantonly massacred, a bunch of gun-tottin’ yahoos were allowed to play “buffalo hunter” in the most cowardly way imaginable while our taxpayer dollars were wasted on law enforcement helicopters and equipment, and law enforcement personnel who stood by and watched.
For those of you with any conscience, sensitivity or sense of humanity or civic responsibility, we urge you to contact the following animal rights organizations to lodge your protest of how Gem Farms conducted their business, how they dispatched the yahoos and their guns, and how the animals were senselessly slaughtered when there were clearly other avenues to manage the problem. Here are the details:
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
424 E. 92nd St
New York, NY 10128-6804
Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM)
10101 Ashburton Ln
Bethesda, MD 20817
Mercy for Animals
8033 Sunset Blvd, Ste. 864
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Friendship Animal Protective League
8303 Murray Ridge Road
Elyria, Ohio 44035
North Shore Animal League America
25 Davis Avenue
Port Washington, NY 11050
You may also want to contact your local government and state legislators and let them know what you think of the situation:
Albany County Executive: Daniel P. McCoy, County Executive, Harold L. Joyce Albany County Office Building, 112 State Street, Room 900, Albany, NY 12207 Phone: (518) 447-7040, email: you’ll have to use the contact form at Contact Us! http://www.albanycounty.com/Contact.aspx
Town of Coeymans: Stephen D. Flach, Supervisor, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or his admin assisant, Lisa M. Cirillo, email: email@example.com
Town of Bethlehem: John Clarkson, Supervisor, email: JClarkson@townofbethlehem.org
George A. Amadore
Senate District 46
Legislative Office Building, Room 802
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2350
Peter D. Lopez
Assembly District 102
Albany, NY 12248
Call your Greene County Aministrator to find out who your state and federal legislators are (the Greene County website doesn’t seem to think that information is important to us). The Greene County Administrator’s telephone number is: Shaun S. Groden – Administrator, Telephone: (518) 719-3270, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.