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 â€œsellâ€ you on the idea of getting a purebred dog. Iâ€™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 Muttsâ€”the dog that should be our national dogâ€”are set to die in our nationâ€™s extremely overcrowded pounds and shelters for lack of good homes. Compassionate people nationwide are choosing to adopt a homeless pound puppyâ€”a grateful refugee from a society that has not always treated the true â€œunderdogâ€ kindlyâ€”rather than cater to special interests who do not have dogsâ€™ 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