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5 Animals Impacted by the Government Shutdown

5 Animals Impacted by the Government Shutdown
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The government shutdown may be a nightmare for many American citizens, but humans arenít the only ones to suffer the consequences. It turns out animals are also suffering due to staff and budgetary cuts. Here are five cute creatures who will feel the impact of the furloughs:

1. Dogs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has the responsibility of verifying that animals are being kept safe in various capacities; one major USDA task is to keep an eye on the unconscionable puppy mill industry. Unfortunately, the inspectors of these facilities have been deemed ďnon-essentialĒ and rule enforcement will not be carried out during a government shutdown.

Because this (hopefully temporary) department elimination is public knowledge, many dogs are at risk for abuse. Not only will as yet unchecked puppy breeding facilities be able to continue running their illegal businesses without fear of repercussion, but the Humane Society also worries that other breeders will begin to cut corners when it comes to caring for their pooches knowing that no one is on the lookout.

2. Goats

In New Jersey, even the goats are getting furloughed. USA Today details the unusual story of a herd of goats that was brought to the Gateway National Recreation Area this summer to tackle a massive poison ivy problem. Though a massive spread of the toxic plant was enough to keep humans at bay, it turns out that goats consider poison ivy a delicacy.

While the poison ivy has all but disappeared from the grounds thanks to the goats, the hungry helpers are also being removed from the park due to its closure. In the meantime, the goats will take up residence at a farm.

3. Pandas

One of the more publicized aspects of the government shutdown is the end of many an animal loverís favorite live web cam of the pandas at Washington DCís National Zoo. Though internet-surfers can generally check in for a cute diversion, for now, the camera has been turned off to cut expenses.

The dark screen has made some panic that the pandas are going hungry during the shutdown, but rest assured, all at the National Zoo animals are being fed and cared for even if we canít watch it happen live anymore.

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7:22AM PDT on Jun 4, 2014

very sad news but thanks for sharing

10:41AM PST on Nov 5, 2013

The animals are ALWAYS the first in line to be harmed, maimed or killed no matter the circumstances. The animals ALWAYS seem to pay for OUR sins.

1:24PM PDT on Oct 18, 2013

Poor animals....

7:48PM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

Althouogh I am against testing drugs, cosmetics and all kinds of other stuff on animals, many Universities and labs have to kill the animals that were involved in tests before those tests have been finished. All the previous work of those scientists is lost due to the shutdown.

12:56PM PDT on Oct 12, 2013

Thank-you for this article. We tend to be so wound up in our daily lives----we don't stop to think. The "SHUTDOWN" is affecting everyone in one way or another----and ---yes animals too----a lot more than your group of 5. Hope "Shutdown" is OVER soon !!!!!!

5:40AM PDT on Oct 12, 2013

How did our once great country ever get so screwed up?

4:21AM PDT on Oct 12, 2013

Can they be helped instead?

12:07AM PDT on Oct 11, 2013

Martin Luther King said Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.

10:00PM PDT on Oct 9, 2013


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