Dr. Jana Kohl, author of A Rare Breed of Love: The true story of Baby and the mission she inspired to help dogs everywhere — the book that features both Barack Obama and Ted Kennedy advocating pet adoption as a means to end puppy mills — has expressed outrage over the President not fulfilling his pledge to adopt a rescue or shelter dog.
Having participated in Kohl’s book, inspired by a 3-legged puppy mill survivor who Obama is featured with, and having pledged his support to advance its’ mission, Kohl says, “In breaking his pledge to adopt a dog, the President not only made a mockery of the book he’s currently featured in on the subject of puppy mills and adoption, he will also be contributing to a pet overpopulation epidemic that’s costing us billions each year.
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In these terrible economic times, when so many Americans are tearfully turning in their dogs to shelters because they can no longer afford to feed them, it’s particularly insensitive and out of touch for Senator Kennedy and the President to have gotten a dog from a breeder instead of choosing one from a shelter.”
In January of 2008 when Obama was campaigning at a Las Vegas town hall meeting, he replied to a question about animal welfare by saying: “I think how we treat our animals reflects how we treat each other. And it’s very important that we have a president who is mindful of the cruelty that is perpetrated on animals.”
Since taking office, the Obama-Biden administration, first with the Vice President buying a dog from a puppy mill that was cited by Pennsylvania authorities for violations, and now the President getting one from another breeder, have been named by animal welfare groups as doing more harm to the rescue-adoption/anti-puppy mill movement than any other elected officials in history.
“By failing to adopt dogs from shelters or rescue groups,” says Kohl, “they will be responsible for fuelling the dog breeding industry and adding to the suffering of millions of animals — those imprisoned in puppy mills and the 4 million at shelters who are marched to the gas chambers each year.”
Regarding the donation the Obamas are giving to the local Humane Society as a means to make amends for their action, Kohl says, “It’s absurd. The money they donate will be used to educate people to do the very thing the Obamas were unwilling to do — adopt!”
Jana Kohl, Psy.D. is a psychologist, animal welfare advocate and author of A Rare Breed of Love: The true story of Baby and the mission she inspired to help dogs everywhere.