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[Indiana Daily Student]

RAW educates organization raising money for pet shop after November fire


When Courtney Wennerstrom found out about the fire at Delilah's Pet Shop and the subsequent fundraising efforts from a class campaign called Dollars for Delilah's, she said she felt awful.

And not just for the 20 animals that were killed in the Nov. 4 blaze � Wennerstrom felt bad for the students leading the fundraising. After a Dec. 3 article in the Indiana Daily Student about the group trying to help the pet shop, several animal rights activists in the IU community expressed anger that the money would go to a for-profit pet shop rather than an animal shelter.

Wennerstrom, a Ph.D. candidate, is one of the co-founders of Revitalizing Animal Well-Being, a student group that focuses on positive animal rights activism. Her group decided to reach out to the students of Dollars for Delilah's.

"What we realized is that this well-meaning class wanted to help," Wennerstrom said. "(Animal advocates) have good reason to be furious but didn't realize these college students had the best intentions."

Another member of RAW who worked closely with members of the class, added it is important to keep in mind that RAW is not accusing Delilah's of anything but is just expressing concerns about the practice of selling animals.


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