Talk will cover environmental, animal cruelty

By Christine Boike

A representative from the environmental group Greenpeace will lead a discussion Monday about issues dealing with environmental and animal cruelty.

The Student Committee for Animal Welfare invited Greenpeace representative Joe Kintigh to discuss and familiarize students with the issues, SCAW Co-President Sandy Delery said.

Kintigh said, “I hope a lot of people who don’t particularly agree with (or are unfamiliar with) Greenpeace show up.” He said he wants to discuss the issues with people during a question/answer period after his lecture.

He said he plans to include discussion on atmospheric nuclear testing, an issue strongly opposed by Greenpeace. He also will discuss campaigns opposed to the Alaskan wolf hunt and the Australian kangaroo hunt, which is “the largest wildlife slaughter in the world,” he said.

The presentation will begin at 9 p.m. in Sandburg Auditorium.

Delery said SCAW was created last semester by students who wanted to “raise awareness about the various ways animals are exploited in our society.”

SCAW Co-President Michelle Drewes said there is a great difference between testing done on humans and testing done on animals. Many of the experiments on animals are not applicable to humans.

Drewes said SCAW began last fall semester and has about 25 active members. She said nearly 80 people showed interest in the group’s purpose and attended at least one meeting.

Since its emergence on campus, SCAW has picketed in front of Evans Furs on State Street in Chicago and placed ads in the Northern Star “just to make people think,” she said. The club also displayed tables in the Holmes Student Center showing video tapes, distributing literature and telling others about their views, Drewes said.

Delery said SCAW is also planning to sell beauty products to students on campus.

Drewes said the products contain all-natural ingredients and contain no chemicals which are tested on animals.

She said, “If there is an alternative (to animal exploitation), why not use it?”

There are nearly 100 companies which do not test their products on animals and SCAW literature asks others to “please purchase their products,” Drewes said.