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Young Animal Rights Activists Meet For Student Summit

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By Cathy Carter

A trip to your local pet shop to buy a puppy might seem harmless, but as a group of young activists are learning today, that is not always the case.

The Taking Action for Animals Student Summit is underway this weekend in Washington. Stopping dog breeding facilities or puppy mills is one of the issues 15-year-old Katya Gioblo, of Silver Spring, says she's most concerned about. She's attending today's day-long conference to learn how she can help.

"I really wanted to get more active with animal rights and I didn't really know the opportunities out there, so I saw that this was a good beginning to find out what I could do after this," she says.

The Puppy Uniform Protection Act is just one of the bills the students will speak to their legislators about at tomorrow's Student Lobby Day on Capitol Hill.

Today they'll also attend workshops on a variety of animal rights issues, and meet with other young activists over lunch: vegetarian, of course.

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