The way you treat an animal says a lot about a person, and the candidates for the presidential race are using their opponents’ treatment of dogs as a basis to discredit their character. Purebred Breeders examines how their candidates’ dogs can actually influence the race.
It all started with Mitt Romney and a controversial event involving the family dog. In 1983, Romney tied up their dog Seamus’s kennel to the top of their vehicle and drove 12 hours to Canada with the canine on the top of their car. Though Romney states that the dog enjoyed it up there and it is where the dog preferred to be, there is a claim that the stress caused the dog to suffer from diarrhea over the course of the trip.
The law for acceptable pet transportation varies by district. In Miami-Dade County it states that it is only illegal to transport a dog in an open-bed truck if the dog is not confined or restrained, the law also provides that it is fine to have a dog loose inside the cabin of a car.
Many animal advocates have been appalled upon hearing this news, calling the Republican candidate ‘insensitive’ as many are attesting that animals should ride inside a car and with a pet seat or a dog safety belt to protect them in the event of an accident.
Purebred Breeders took notice that a photo was released on the White House’s Flickr account and was tweeted by David Axelrod, an aide to the president, with the subtle statement “How loving owners transport their dogs” on January 31.
In 2008, when running as a Presidential candidate, Democrat Barack Obama pledged to not only be president to the American people, but to the animals as well. He stated at a town hall meeting, “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.” His supporters are no doubt trying to sway animal right activists away from Republican Romney in the event that he does become the Republican candidate.
It is natural to bring up the opponents political history or questionable morals, but can their dogs play a part in who wins this race? We have yet to see, but what is undeniable is that their dogs could sway dog-lovers to vote one way or the other.
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