START A PETITION 25,136,189 members: the world's largest community for good
START A PETITION
x
3,404,014 people care about Animal Welfare

Biden Adopts a Mutt Too. But is that Enough?

Biden Adopts a Mutt Too. But is that Enough?

There’s a new update on the presidental dog saga: Joe Biden is going to adopt a dog from a shelter. Puppy-gate, that’s what I’m going to start calling this presidental drama. How’s that for a name?

Puppy-gate started when Barack Obama announced at his first press conference as president-elect that his family wanted a mutt in the White House. To the cheers of the animal protection movement, Obama announced that his family was giving preference to dogs from shelters. The good news was all over the animal rights blog-o-sphere.

But the new administration lost some of their good vibes when VP-elect Joe Biden went the other direction and bought a dog from a breeder and supporting those nasty puppymills. To make things even worse, the kennel from which the dog was purchased was cited for violating by state Department of Agriculture.

We had petitions going, there were blog posts calling for Biden to follow Obama’s lead, I even called Biden’s office myself. The bottom line is that there were a lot of people encouraging Biden to adopt a shelter dog. Well, even after he bought that pooch, we didn’t let up. Joe seems to have felt the pressure and he responded. Yes, I called him again to tell him that I was disappointed that he decided to support cruel puppy mills. Anyway, Biden decided to try and recover a little from his mistake by also adopting a shelter dog. I wish he hadn’t bought that first dog, but at least he’s trying to make amends by adopting too.

PETA prez, Ingrid Newkirk, said this about the Veep’s face-saving decision:”Thanks go out to VP-elect Biden for raising the issue of the companion animal overpopulation crisis in this country, which is as bleak as our economy. Animal homelessness also requires urgent attention by cutting animal breeders off at the pass and bailing out animal shelters.” PETA is going all out with this announcement, they’re sending the Bidens a gift-basket and giving a $500 donation to whichever shelter helps the VP find a buddy. ($500 can mean a lot for a shelter.)

Is this enough for us to forgive Biden? I think it’s little silly that he bought one, then adopted another. It is better than not adopting at all, but still seems a little wishy-washy to me. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Read more: , , , , , , , , , , ,

have you shared this story yet?

some of the best people we know are doing it

16 comments

+ add your own
12:46PM PST on Jan 10, 2009

I'm surprised at some of the comments here! I THINK ITS VERY IMPORTANT WORK TO STOP PEOPLE (ALL PEOPLE, EVEN VPS!) FROM BUYING DOGS WHEN THERE ARE SO MANY HOMELESS ONES OUT THERE!!! I don't understand why you don't understand this! (I'm talking to Pat here..) This is very vital work. As far as breeding goes I personally do not approve of ANYONE breeding dogs/cats, (either puppy mills or individual breeders) when there are so many homeless animals on death row. If you are a breeder and you do it for the "love of the breed"(which is what they always say) then you would spend your time rescuing that particular breed that's already out there in shelters instead of breeding more into the world! THAT is true love. A lot of breeders say they will take the dogs back if the owner can't/won't keep it, I find this very hard to believe as if that was the case they themselves would be swamped with homeless dogs. My sister breeds German Shepard's so I know of what i speak. A lot of breeders need to own up to the fact that yes, maybe they love the breed but the truth is they love the money more! otherwise like I said earlier they'd be out canvasing shelters to save the breeds they "love" that are on death row already!

6:28PM PST on Dec 30, 2008

You know what? There are more pressing issues that we should be working on than fretting over our next VP's choice of dogs. What EXACTLY have you gained by spending your energy on this? Preaching to the choir is what you are doing. Do you wear pleather shoes? Ever looked for any? Eat meat? Feed your pets those horrid sacks of animal digest?
Is it apparent that I am in your face? I feel the same for the people who have harped and harped on this issue. No business getting into someone else's business when they select a pet!
What a crock!
Do something substantial tomorrow.

3:57PM PST on Dec 28, 2008

regarding your comment - April Ruttle
'It is wrong to characterize all dog breeding operations as "puppy mills". This sweeping generalization ignores the many legitimate breeders who love their animals, provide excellent care for them, and ensure that they go to loving homes'.
Puppy mill or 'reputable breeder' the end result is still the same :-
For every animal breed an animal already alive looses the chance of a home
6 - 8 million animals a year are abandond in the USA 3 - 4 million of these are euthanized. Many euthanized using horrific means for example gased with carbon monoxide. copy and past this link to whitness the horrors. monoxidehttp://www.petatv.com/tvpopup/Prefs.asp?video=yadkin_county
Linda K - Now tell me PETA are out of order or that people should breed animals. As it is obvious society needs to look at its self and answer why we need animals so much that we are not even willing to help the ones that are already here/alive by giving them a home. There is obviously something wrong with the pet trade or after all these years how come so many people are failing their pets. 6 million animals a year, thats alot of failed pet ownership. Regarding pure bred dogs I regard this comment as rather ignorant, as there are many pure breeds in shelts, why is that if they are the perfect pet? also you can not 100% know the characteristics of any animal, pure bred or rescued, they are animals after all, if you want something pradictable and passive get a teddy bear

3:57PM PST on Dec 28, 2008

regarding your comment - April Ruttle
'It is wrong to characterize all dog breeding operations as "puppy mills". This sweeping generalization ignores the many legitimate breeders who love their animals, provide excellent care for them, and ensure that they go to loving homes'.
Puppy mill or 'reputable breeder' the end result is still the same :-
For every animal breed an animal already alive looses the chance of a home
6 - 8 million animals a year are abandond in the USA 3 - 4 million of these are euthanized. Many euthanized using horrific means for example gased with carbon monoxide. copy and past this link to whitness the horrors. monoxidehttp://www.petatv.com/tvpopup/Prefs.asp?video=yadkin_county
Linda K - Now tell me PETA are out of order or that people should breed animals. As it is obvious society needs to look at its self and answer why we need animals so much that we are not even willing to help the ones that are already here/alive by giving them a home. There is obviously something wrong with the pet trade or after all these years how come so many people are failing their pets. 6 million animals a year, thats alot of failed pet ownership. Regarding pure bred dogs I regard this comment as rather ignorant, as there are many pure breeds in shelts, why is that if they are the perfect pet? also you can not 100% know the characteristics of any animal, pure bred or rescued, they are animals after all, if you want something pradictable and passive get a teddy bear

3:56PM PST on Dec 28, 2008

regarding your comment - April Ruttle
'It is wrong to characterize all dog breeding operations as "puppy mills". This sweeping generalization ignores the many legitimate breeders who love their animals, provide excellent care for them, and ensure that they go to loving homes'.
Puppy mill or 'reputable breeder' the end result is still the same :-
For every animal breed an animal already alive looses the chance of a home
6 - 8 million animals a year are abandond in the USA 3 - 4 million of these are euthanized. Many euthanized using horrific means for example gased with carbon monoxide. copy and past this link to whitness the horrors. monoxidehttp://www.petatv.com/tvpopup/Prefs.asp?video=yadkin_county
Linda K - Now tell me PETA are out of order or that people should breed animals. As it is obvious society needs to look at its self and answer why we need animals so much that we are not even willing to help the ones that are already here/alive by giving them a home. There is obviously something wrong with the pet trade or after all these years how come so many people are failing their pets. 6 million animals a year, thats alot of failed pet ownership. Regarding pure bred dogs I regard this comment as rather ignorant, as there are many pure breeds in shelts, why is that if they are the perfect pet? also you can not 100% know the characteristics of any animal, pure bred or rescued, they are animals after all, if you want something pradictable and passive get a teddy bear

2:35PM PST on Dec 28, 2008

I'm really put off with the attitude of some of our members towards legitimate breeders --they are so very far from puppy mills. A legitimate breeder is as revolted by puppy mills (maybe even more so) than the average animal lover. I've known many good breeders ( am NOT a breeder) who requires anyone who purchases one of their puppies, to notify them if they are no longer able to keep the dog. They will try to find a new, GOOD home for the dog or will take back any of their puppies that can no longer be kept. I have been notifies about puppy mills being proposed in my state by good breeders. My own dogs (I have 2 samoyeds) and their predecessors were all breeder puppies and I could not have asked for more loving roots. In fact, one of the breeders who became a close friend, would go without her own medicine in order to buy medicine for an ailing dog. Breed rescuers are usually breeders or former breeders and they are providing the same rescue services -- often at their own expense -- as shelters. DO NOT confuse a good breeder with a puppy mill -- there is NO comparison. Let's just support all organizations and people who honour animals.

Jeanie Kilgour

8:25AM PST on Dec 28, 2008

Biden didn't adopt a "MUTT". He got a pure bred GSD from a breeder!

4:59AM PST on Dec 28, 2008

I think it is great that he is keeping both pups. They both deserve a loving home. I think the fact that he even cared enough to listen and get another dog was well more than enough of a good gesture. The fact that he cared enough is wonderful. They have huge issues going on at the White House right now, he could have ignored everyone's comments and said that this will have to go on the back burner right now with their hands full so I am extremely grateful that he even acknowledged comments about this . and I think that the Peta donation is wonderful as well. Drew, I think you should consider your efforts very successful!

1:01AM PST on Dec 26, 2008

One way to find out if pet shops are getting there dogs from puppy mills is to ask for the name,address and phone number,if they do not give it to you or say they dont know or they are not allowed to give to you,TURN AWAY AND WALK OUTR.A respectable breeder will always let there information known,and I quarentee you a pet store will not give that information out and that includes PetSmart and petLand,I know this for a fact because i have ask these questions so please please WALK AWAY

3:36PM PST on Dec 24, 2008

It is easy to fool people by a puppy mill posing as a reliable breeder. I do not know the truth here, but I love the GSD breed and bred quite a few. I sold some as pets, but I can tell you if you take care of your dogs properly there is no profit in breeding dogs. At best you bring in something to help with the food bills and the vet bills. I have two adopted as adults, toy poodles now as I am too old to walk and run and play with a German Shepherd. But bless those who do, and I hope the Biden's dogs Shelter adopted or bought have long happy lives and lots of love. Happy Holidays everybody and give them a break.

add your comment



Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

ads keep care2 free

meet our writers

Kristina Chew Kristina Chew teaches and writes about ancient Greek and Latin and is Online Advocacy and Marketing... more
Story idea? Want to blog? Contact the editors!
ads keep care2 free

more from causes




Select names from your address book   |   Help
   

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.