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.