[The Maine Campus]

Animal rights and an animal-free lifestyle are interests that weren't always at the forefront at the University of Maine. Now the Student Action for Animal Rights Initiative is making its case known.

SAFARI was founded this semester by Laura Andersen, a third-year early childhood education student and her friend Kristie Flowers, a fourth-year journalism student. Their hopes for the club to educate the student body about pressing animal welfare issues and to create an accepting community for students who feel estranged due to their lifestyle or beliefs.

They have attracted a fair amount of interest in the club. The club held its first meeting Sept. 29, with 10 people in attendance.

Projects are already under way. SAFARI will be hosting a 1.5-mile walk on Sunday, Oct. 18, at 11 a.m., with the majority of the proceeds benefiting the Bangor Humane Society. The walk is tentatively set to start on the mall by Fogler Library and loop around campus. A $5 donation is requested to participate.


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