April 2009

[Daily Illini]

Arguably, most puppies are tiny bundles of fluff and fur that can warm our hearts and soil our carpets. But all puppies are not the same.

"So many people don't realize what they're supporting when they go to a pet store or even when they shop around online," said Denise Studer, junior in ACES and head of the puppy mill education committee within Teachers for Creatures, a Registered Student Organization on campus. "Adopt, don't shop."

Booths filled with information on the RSO as well as humane education will line the north area of the Main Quad Thursday. Vera Kazaniwskyj, junior in ACES and organizer of the "Creature Feature," said the different tables set up will showcase four main committees the club is dedicated to: puppy mill education, exotic animal care, breed-specific legislation and animal-assisted activities.


Puppies are more common, but many are born into poor conditions. To mass-produce puppies, Studer said, the parent dogs are sometimes kept in horrible conditions and are not fed properly, which can lead to lack of nourishment and osteoporosis. Such was the case with Baby, a 9-year-old abused dog that was rescued from a puppy mill by Jana Kohl.

Kohl, author of "A Rare Breed of Love," psychologist and animal advocate, will give a presentation via teleconference in 103 Mumford Hall at 7 p.m. Thursday. The presentation is on the inhumane conditions of puppy mills.


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