Animal rights group PETA lashed out at Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after she shared that she had purchased a new dog on her Instagram.
In a letter to the congresswoman, PETA president Ingrid Newkirk said: “We really couldn’t believe our eyes, because you are a role model for how to live, so we understand that you just didn’t realize what you were doing in this case—you couldn’t have.”
And, “With the millions of homeless dogs out there, you apparently chose to buy a purebred puppy instead of adopting one from an animal shelter.”
“Right this minute, on Petfinder alone, there are more than 110,000 dogs — including French bulldogs — who need homes,” the president continued. “Animal shelters are bursting at the seams with hundreds of thousands more, many of whom will be ‘put to sleep’ for lack of a home.”
“On behalf of the more than 6 million lost, abandoned, or unwanted dogs and cats who enter shelters every year and the people who care for them, we’re asking that you please be a part of the solution to ending the cat- and dog-overpopulation crisis and consider setting the right example for your millions of followers by adopting a mutt and encouraging them to do the same. Not only will you be saving another dog’s life, the new dog will also provide your puppy with the companionship he desperately needs as your busy schedule takes you around the country.”
PETA continued its criticism in another statement on its website.
“AOC had a chance to set a compassionate, responsible example in the face of the homeless-animal crisis, but instead, she apparently inadvertently contributed to the problem,” Newkirk added. “PETA is urging her supporters not to follow her lead in this case and to stick up for the underdog by choosing to give a lovable mutt a new lease on life.”
“PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that ‘animals are not ours to abuse in any way’ and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview—notes that more than 6 million lost, abandoned, or unwanted dogs and cats enter shelters every year and that many are euthanized for lack of enough good homes,” she continued.
🚨Urgent: Tell the Senate to STRIKE DOWN Impeachment! Sign the Petition, we need your signature!
To Add Your Name, Enter Your Email:
The Washington Examiner reports:
Ocasio-Cortez shared news of her new dog earlier this week on Instagram, showing a picture of the dog in a pet cage. “We are thinking something Star Trek related or Bronx/Queens/NYC/social good related,” she said.
PETA has not been shy about criticizing politicians in the past. In 2009, the organization slammed President Barack Obama for killing a fly, calling it an “execution.” “He isn’t the Buddha, he’s a human being, and human beings have a long way to go before they think before they act,” the organization said. PETA gave the president a fly trap that allowed him to release them outside.
In 2013, the group said Gov. Chris Christie killing a spider was a thoughtless act and he was not “pondering their worth.”
Ocasio-Cortez promised she would be bringing the dog to her Capitol office at a later point:
Yes! 🐶 the goal is to train him to be a community pup. Ideally we want to work to the point where he can enjoy town halls, be an Amtrak pup, come to the office, etc.
But first, naps 😴 pic.twitter.com/ec8beJTrmZ
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 7, 2020