Friday, June 18, 2021

Politics

GlobalAnimal.org's POLITICS section covers animal laws and animal welfare legislation in governments worldwide.

Trumping Tradition: The First U.S. President Without A Pet?

(PETS/POLITICS) While Donald Trump's presidency has posed a number of concerns, perhaps one of the largest red flags is the lack of a pet in the White House. Believe it or not, Trump could become the first U.S. President in nearly 130 years to not have a canine companion in the White House. Most American Presidents have had a least one dog, and many have had several. Most recently, the Obamas had two Portuguese water dogs named Sunny and Bo. The White House Pet Museum maintains Presidents without a pet dog have been relatively “unlucky," while those with four-legged friends have been somehow protected. Many are urging Trump to bring home a dog simply because having a pet is good for a one's health. Adversely, the Humane Society has gone so far as calling Trump “a threat to animals everywhere” due to his environmental policies (or lack there of), and his close ties to his trophy hunting elder sons Donald Jr. and Eric. Read on to learn more about President Trump's relationship to animals, and see which pet seems to suit him best. -- Global Animal

Superstition Leaves Black Pets Homeless

(SHELTER ANIMALS/PET ADOPTION) Black Dog and Black Cat Syndrome are real, but these phenomenons have more to do with screwy superstition than any overt 'racism.' Read why black pets are less likely to be adopted--and maybe buck the trend yourself with the next animal you adopt into your family. – Global Animal

S-Town Is A Eulogy For The Planet

(ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH/CLIMATE CHANGE) After listening to the podcast “S-Town” by investigative journalist Brian Reed, I am left with a multitude of feelings, but the overwhelming one is sadness. The poignant story starts as an investigation of a purported murder and morphs into a complicated portrayal of a local genius named John B. McLemore and his relationships with the residents of Woodstock, Alabama, or, as he christened it: “S*** Town.” -- Global Animal

Romanian Authorities Consider Mass Killing Of Stray Dogs (TAKE ACTION TODAY)

ROMANIA – Though stray dogs have long been a problem in Romania, killing them is not the answer – instituting spay and neuter and adoption programs is the humane solution. Romanian parliament plans to vote on this draft law and the cull may be authorized shortly. Please take a few minutes of your day to send an email, sign a petition, or share this story so that the lives of thousands of innocent dogs may be saved. – Global Animal

Restaurant Makes An Ass Of Itself

(ANIMAL RIGHTS) Cinco de Mayo wasn’t exactly a fiesta for Los Angeles Mexican restaurant Pink Taco. Twitter and Facebook erupted on Thursday afternoon when a photo circulated of a donkey that had been spray painted pink with “Pink Taco” messily scrawled on her side. It was close to 90 degrees in Los Angeles on Thursday, and the pink donkey was chained alone outside the restaurant in the blazing sun. -- Global Animal

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