Emory - Ask the Administration to Examine and Reevaluate the Use of Animals Solely for Entertainment Purposes at Emory University
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While there is some disagreement among the Emory populous, the university has clearly attempted to make steps toward being one of the most ethically progressive colleges in the country. Touting a strong advocacy for sustainability, environmental protection, and integrative diversity, the university defends its prestige beyond solely its academic reputation. This is why it is counter intuitive to think that the university would support the practice of using animals for entertainment purposes. It is extremely contradictory for the college to help found and support student groups and organizations (Office of sustainability initiatives, FoodEU, PAWSitve Outreach) that advocate for educational awareness and ethical treatment of animals while not attempting to adopt the same values. The day this petition was written, the university had permitted the placement of a dromedary camel (native to Africa and the Middle East) in an extremely unnatural, unhealthy, and stressful environment for the purpose of entertaining the student body. It seems as though this type of practice should have been deemed as unacceptable and not in congruence with values and beliefs of the university by the administration many years ago; it is truly a poor reflection of Emory. The use of animals for educative purposes can be highly valuable and is not what this petition refers to (what constitutes redeeming valuable would hopefully be discussed between the administration and students). Thank you for signing!