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Forget Republicans vs. Democrats. The most diametrically opposed groups in Albany tomorrow? That'd be the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals vs. agriculture advocates.
The PETA folks are looking to spoil Dairy Day at the state capitol tomorrow with a news conference that will "call for a closer examination of the dairy farm industry."
Methinks this closer examination from an animal rights group that calls for veganism will cast a harsh light on an industry on which the north country depends (40 percent of the land in Jefferson County is farmland, and dairy is king here).
The Assembly minority conference holds its annual Dairy Day in June, which also happens to be Dairy Month — there was a dairy parade in Watertown, and County Legislator John Peck took to the microphone at the meeting last week to talk about dairying operations like his own in Great Bend.
State Sen. Tony Avella, D-New York City, will join the PETA activists. The PETA activists will show a video that demonstrates abuse of animals at a New England dairy operation.
Of course, the cow in the poster touting the event in Albany looks plenty happy.
Mr. Avella's news conference starts at 11 a.m.; the Dairy Day festivities kick off at 11:30.

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