During the past 3 months, the abuse at puppy mills has been all over the news. I thought it would have been hard to miss, but apparently Vice President-elect Joe Biden wasn’t paying attention or decided to ignore the news when he adopted a purebred German shepherd puppy from a breeder.
Although Biden and his wife, Jill, did not buy from puppy mill, it’s a shame that they didn’t choose to set an example to the American public and adopt a rescue dog. It is especially disappointing because Biden has always stepped up to the plate when it comes to voting on animal welfare issues. In fact he has a 100 percent score for supporting every animal protection proposal.
So, what was he thinking? Doesn’t he realize that he is a role model and that people will follow his lead? Will American ever see the end of puppy mills?
What is really upsetting is that all of the good work many of the national rescue organizations have done in 2008 could be for nothing. Here are some of the highlights:
PETA’s Buy One, Gets One Killed campaign. When people buy a dog, another in a shelter is euthanized.
Best Friends Animal Society’s program called Puppy Store Free L.A. This is a campaign to close pet stores that buy from puppy mills. Three major shops closed in 2008.