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Flora and Fauna

by Missy Hargraves Photographed by Krista Kennell/PMC and Todd Schmiedlin
Thursday, September 27, 2018
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How Much is That Doggie in the Window?

While rainforest frogs, turtles, chicken feet, whales, bats, and sour sharks (all of the gummy species), were “on the menu”, puppies were the main topic at Dylan’s Candy BarN in Union Square on September 25th. Founder and CEO Dylan Lauren hosted a private book signing and discussion with Rory Kress, author of Doggie in the Window, and The Humane Society of The United States (HSUS)’s John Goodwin spotlighting the cruelty of puppy mills.


Lauren, who said that rescuing her dog Jersey was “one of the easiest decisions I ever made,” moderated the evening’s talk, which included Georgina Bloomberg, Stephanie Mattera, Animal Care Center’s Risa Weinstock and other guests.


Kress, an Emmy award-winning journalist and “not an activist by trade”, admitted to buying a puppy mill dog before researching  “the first real expose on the topic.” She wrote it because “I had to know why our taxpayer dollars fund the system that legalizes these puppy mills.”


Goodwin, Senior Director of The HSUS Stop Puppy Mills campaign said, “Not many people would succumb to buying a puppy from a pet store, or over the Internet, if they knew the mother spent her entire life trapped in a tiny cage.”


 


Now or Neverglades

Protecting The Everglades was the subject of The Durst Organization’s benefit September 26th at 4 Times Square. CBS 2 Chief Weathercaster Lonnie Quinn emceed the Douglas and Susanne Durst hosted event that featured a signing of renowned conservation photographer Mac Stone’s award winning Everglades: America’s Wetlands. Eric Eikenberg, CEO of The Everglades Foundation, told the 200 plus audience members that the National Heritage Site is “not Florida’s Everglades, it’s America’s.” He stressed, “It’s now or Neverglades.”


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