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    Two University of Mary Washington groups with divergent ideologies met in conflict yesterday over hot dogs and hamburgers, so to speak. The scent of
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      Two University of Mary Washington groups with divergent ideologies met
      in conflict yesterday over hot dogs and hamburgers, so to speak.

      The scent of charcoal-grilled meat wafted across the green of Lee
      Hall's lawn. Students in flip-flops and shorts lined up to dig in,
      paper plates in hand. Hip-hop played on loud speakers.

      Just a few feet away, about 20 activists with signs gathered on the
      paved courtyard in front of the building.

      The College Republicans held a cookout yesterday afternoon--calling it
      the "Animal Rites Barbecue."

      Animal Rights Club members and supporters protested the event with
      signs and literature.

      In total, about 100 students were drawn to the activity in front of Lee Hall.

      College Republicans member Andrew Lamar initiated the cookout two
      years ago, he said, to draw attention to the extremism of the animal
      rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

      "We all think animals should be treated fairly," Lamar said, adding
      the event had nothing to do with the Animal Rights Club.

      "PETA, however, has been documented to go and blow up animal research
      labs. We think that's extreme."

      He and fellow members were distributing anti-People for the Ethical
      Treatment of Animals fliers that were produced by the Center for
      Consumer Freedom.

      Freshman Jeff May, member of both the Animal Rights Club and the
      Anarchist Social Theory Club, said there were a number of reasons to
      protest the event.

      "I'm here because the College Republicans are sponsored by the Center
      for Consumer Freedom which is basically a group funded by the tobacco
      industry to keep people from knowing about their products," he said.
      "Now they're doing the same thing for the food you eat. This isn't
      just about animal rights. It's about your health as well."
      ...
      Meanwhile, the "Hip Hop Fest," a music event put on by the Black
      Student Alliance and Brothers of a New Direction, was drawing a crowd
      of its own on the pavement in front of Lee Hall.

      "This hip-hop celebration is put on by members of the Black Student
      Alliance," announced master of ceremonies Cherelle Reed by microphone.

      "We are a neutral group. We eat burgers and some of us are vegan," she
      said in a playful manner.

      Post-fete, the Animal Rights Club showed films about the treatment of
      "meat" animals, as well as reasons to consider vegetarianism and a
      pro-animal rights lifestyle.


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      full story:
      http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2006/042006/04072006/181560

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