The First Family excitedly welcomed another pet to the White House this week, but not everyone was happy for them, with PETA equating their dog selection to “kicking a hobo.”
Ingrid Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, spoke out against the Obama family’s choice of pooch, saying they should have picked a rescue animal instead of Sunny, who comes from a breeder.
“The president seems to be in the doghouse again,” Newkirk said in a statement, released originally to RadarOnline.com. “Just one day after The Washington Post revealed that the dog and cat overpopulation crisis is so severe that the Washington Humane Society is stacking cats in cages in the hallways and cramming too many dogs into kennel runs, the Obama family apparently failed to listen to the plea of ‘adopt, don’t buy’ that greeted the arrival of the First Dog, Bo, and acquired Sunny, the Second Dog, from a breeder, which is the animal-protection world equivalent of kicking a hobo.”
Like big brother Bo Obama, Sunny is also a Portuguese water dog. The breed was chosen by the Obamas because of “allergies in their family,” but Newkirk doesn’t see that as a valid excuse.
“Mr. Obama says that Malia’s allergies require getting a dog who doesn’t shed — and there they are, sitting homeless on Petfinder.com: every breed and mix of non-shedding dog, from poodles to water spaniels. Every one of these cast-offs would have loved to curl up under the desk in the Oval Office,” the statement to RadarOnline read.
The First Family did send a donation — amount unknown — to the Washington Humane Society, but that “can’t buy homes or erase a bad example,” according to Newkirk. She encouraged the Obamas to adopt a third dog, but this time select a rescue animal.
“Come on, Mr. President, one more time — and this time, do it right,” the statement said. “Set a good example and save a homeless animal’s life.”
First Lady Michelle Obama told reporters back in October that Bo didn’t have enough interaction with other dogs, prompting the First Family to bring Sunny into their home earlier this week.
At the time of this article, the White House had not returned request for comment.
(h/t The Washington Examiner)