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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1988 - Organizations. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 18, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/19438/show/19308.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1988 - Organizations. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/19438/show/19308

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Transcript Cat Habitat It is a privilege for the University to have a live mascot on campus. But this privilege has led to a stormy dispute between the Houston Animal Rights Team (HART) and the students who take care of the cougar. Shasta V, who turned eight this year, lives in a small cage on the lawn beside the E.Z. Cullen building. The students and spectators often see Shasta prowling around the cage gracefully, periodically stopping and surveying the campus around her. "She knows who's in charge," Cougar Guard Mike Bell said. Strong opposition to the cat living on campus comes from Sean Hawkins, founder of HART and a former UH student, who believes that keeping the cat in captivity is exploiting the animal. "Shasta has no business being on campus," said Hawkins. "A live, exotic animal has no place in an institution of higher education." This argument was opposed by the students who take good care of Shasta. Bell argues that setting Shasta free into the wild would endanger her life. She is used to people taking care of her and feeding her, and cannot hunt for food as she has lived in captivity all her life. The cat is not afraid of men, and she could fall prey to some human who could make a lot of money off her. To this Hawkins said that their motive is not to turn Shasta loose, but to find her a suitable home where she will not be "exploited" and where people can take care of her. Both the parties agree that the present conditions in which Shasta lives is definitely inadequate. The cage is very small and goes virtually unnoticed by a passerby. Funds pose a big problem in resolving this matter. Shasta's proposed new home would cost an estimated $125,000, said Adrianne Peck, Assistant to the Vice-President of Student Affairs. She said that only $14,000 had been collected so far; $111,000 has yet to be collected. Efforts to raise more funds included the Architecture students' "Buy- a-Brick," where students and organizations could purchase and decorate Cougar Guard members Christine Ellis and Mike Bell give Shasta exercise, as well as a chance to survey the campus. Photo by Richard Schmidt. their own $100-brick to Shasta's new home. "If students gave .40* a day, instead of buying a Snickers bar, our cat would have a better habitat," Students Association President Wendy Trachte said. People have criticized Shasta's current living condition, although it resembles her natural habitat, and her new home would mainly satisfy the human concern for the cat, said Paul Moore, Vice-President of Student Affairs. Hawkins, though, is not totally satisfied with the decision that Shasta will reside on campus. He argues that Shasta does not have a mate and that is mentally stressful for the cougar. Hawkins further added that Shasta, being a wild animal, could pose a risk to the Cougar Guards and the students if she became uncontrollable. Cougar Guard captain, Danny Barr, strongly disagreed. He said, "Shasta has never injured a spectator." The fact still remains that there has never been a single student or a spectator injured by a cougar since 1947, which was the first year that UH had a live mascot. Also Shasta does not require a mate as she was spayed when she was younger, Bell said. Hawkins, not totally convinced by the Cougar guards, said that he would like to see the animal off of campus. The Cougar guards, consider HARTs arguments totally ridiculous and still continue to take good care of Shasta and hope that she will move into her new home soon. — Sunil Thakkar Shasta V has lived on the UH campus for eight years — perhaps it's time for a change of scenery. Photo by Michael Williams. 226 University of Houston Organizations