WMU News

Treatment of animals explored Tuesday

April 1, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- A public forum called the Conference for a Friendlier Society Toward Animals will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, in Room 204 of Western Michigan University's Bernhard Center.

The program will explore a variety of issues related to the treatment of animals and feature a panel discussion format. It will begin with panel members making individual presentations on declawing, pet "dumping" and other issues.

Members of the panel will be Jean Bolhuis of the Kalamazoo Animal Liberation League; Alev Dudek, a WMU student from Kalamazoo and organizer of the event; Jennifer Munzner of Kalamazoo Animal Rescue; Lynne Park of the Kalamazoo Humane Society; and Charlie Williams of Pets Alive of Michigan.

The Social Welfare Action Alliance, a WMU student organization, is sponsoring the program. Earlier in the day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., an information table will be available for review in the first floor lobby of the Bernhard Center.

"In terms of our treatment of animals, we have some pretty big problems in our society," says Dudek. "All we have to do is open our eyes and ears and care. If we do that, we'll be able to solve many of those problems."

For more information about the event, call Alev Dudek at (269) 552-9213.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 269 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu


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