President-elect Obama is featured in a book, A Rare Breed of Love, with Baby, an abused 3-legged survivor of the dog breeding industry. Here, Barack pledges his support to stop the cruelty of the dog breeding world and to promote the adoption of the 4-5 million shelter dogs who are euthanized each year. With the Biden's purchase, rather than an adoption, the dog breeding industry will only be emboldened to continue to fuel the pet overpopulation epidemic. It will also perpetuate the horrific cruelty at puppy mills by increasing the demand for the kind of dog the Bidens bought.
In case you've heard that the American Kennel Club (AKC) approves of the breeder the Biden's chose, please know that the AKC are the bad guys. They are “the front” for the puppy mill industry as well as all breeders who breed irresponsibly. The AKC's spin that they only endorse "humane breeders" is a patent lie. Moreover, "humane breeder" is a contradiction in terms given that millions of loving, adoptable dogs are dragged to the gas chambers every day precisely because breeders continue to flood the market with new puppies, just like the one the Bidens bought.
WHAT WE CAN DO:
Please e-mail Vice President-elect Biden at http://change.gov/page/s/yourvision to firmly, yet politely ask him to cancel his purchase and adopt from a shelter instead. Feel free to include some or all of the following talking points:
1) By buying a dog from a breeder, VP-elect Biden is supporting cruel puppy mills. The puppy shown to them may look cute, but the unseen victims are all the mother dogs who are forced to live their entire lives in tiny cages without exercise, socialization, proper vet care, and of course, ever being part of a family.
2) Let VP-elect Biden know it costs taxpayers $2 billion a year to round up, shelter, and euthanize 4-5 million homeless dogs. By adopting, he will set a national example that would be a win-win for homeless dogs and Americans who are looking to put more money in their pockets.
3) In A Rare Breed of Love, President-elect Obama pledges his support to protect the millions of innocent animals who are brutalized 24 hours a day by the puppy mill industry by helping to shut them down and promote adoption. Why isn't VP-elect Biden upholding this pledge?
4) Since the buying habits of our leaders and celebrities are, sadly, imitated by millions, remind VP-elect Biden that he has a golden opportunity to set a humane example. All he has to do is cancel his purchase and have a big ol’ press conference at a shelter!
As always, thank you for speaking up for those who can’t,