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To the editors:

As the Chicago Reader hits the newsstands flashing the headline "Scourge of the Shedd" [November 5] by Grant Pick, other media reports announce a $1 billion federal class action suit filed by the Amazon Indians of Ecuador against Texaco. They charged Texaco's oil drilling in that area "created a catastrophe worse than the Exxon Valdez." Another Shedd Aquarium investment evidently desecrates the environment.

Monsanto, yet another company Shedd holds stocks in, was ranked one of the worst 1992 polluters of the Saint Lawrence River by UQCN, a French Canadian environmental group. The Saint Lawrence River beluga whales are so threatened by pollution, their carcasses are regarded as toxic waste. Monsanto has also been accused of hiding the presence of dioxins in some of their products from the Canadian and U.S. governments. Monsanto formerly manufactured Agent Orange, is one of four manufacturers of the controversial bovine growth hormone (BGH), and is identified by the EPA as a potentially responsible party at 44 Superfund sites. Other Shedd investments such as USX, Mobil, and Philip Morris are not without their problems, too.

The Shedd asserts the public will be magically transformed into environmental philanthropists after watching whales and dolphins swim circles and drift aimlessly in concrete tubs. No one disproves the Shedd's claims better than the Shedd themselves.

Debra Leahy


Chicago Animal Rights Coalition



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