PETA to Obama: Adopt Your Family Dog from a Shelter

Adopt a mutt from a shelterIngrid E. Newkirk, President of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, urges the Obama family to adopt a mutt

By Ingrid E. Newkirk

CHICAGO,IL(RushPRnews)11/05/08-It’s no big secret that Barack and Michelle Obama had promised their daughters a dog once the presidential campaign was over. And last night, during his victory speech, he promised to his daughters, that yes, indeed, they would adopt a dog. But with the family reportedly considering a hypoallergenic goldendoodle, animal groups have been offering loads of advice on what breeds they should buy–or adopt–instead.
Here is a letter for PETA:
Dear President: We hope you are well. We understand that greedy dog breeders are panting and drooling over the prospect that prominent figures may unwittingly promote their business and may try to “sell” you on the idea of getting a purebred dog. I’d like to give you some important information before you make your choice.

President, no one needs to tell you that this country is proud to be a melting pot, and that there is something deeply wrong and elitist about wanting only a purebred dog. Millions of Great American Mutts—the dog that should be our national dog—are set to die in our nation’s extremely overcrowded pounds and shelters for lack of good homes. Compassionate people nationwide are choosing to adopt a homeless pound puppy—a grateful refugee from a society that has not always treated the true “underdog” kindly—rather than cater to special interests who do not have dogs’ interests at heart.

Adopting an animal not only saves a life, but demonstrates compassion, and the companion animal overpopulation crisis deserves attention from all Americans. Every animal purchased from a breeder or a pet shop takes a home away from a needy animal at an animal shelter, waiting and hoping for a chance at the American dream of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Please let us know if we can assist you. I can be reached at 757-622-7382, extension 8302. Thank you.

Very truly yours,

Ingrid E. Newkirk

President and Founder

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