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:
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.
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.
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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