Tuesday, November 4, 2008
An open letter to the PRESIDENT ELECT
Congratulations Mr. President- Shortly you will assume office and officially become the leader of the most powerful nation on earth. Before your agenda gets gets crowded with celebrations, meetings, presidential to do lists, please read this. I bet you already have piles of mail and e mails waiting for you. But I bet that none are from a four legged! Well, I hope this letter reaches you. It will be your first letter from a 4legged.
Mr. President, sir, I am an proud American Bichon Frise. I am a rescued dog. I am now a beloved family member. My humans love me and I love them. Unconditionally, unequivocally and wholeheartedly. I am lucky, but my fortune is not shared by all my kind.
This letter is not about me. It is not about my humans. This letter is a plea, to you, the new PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. It is an imploration for you to exercise your executive powers and show the world that my President is indeed a man of change. That my President will not tolerate the needless suffering of any American, whether one on 2 or on 4 legs.
Sir, this letter is about the filthy business of puppy mills. Human operators profit from the ruthless exploitation of animals who are held in deplorable conditions. Deprived of food and water, animals are caged , stacked, starved on every level, they are abused and neglected. Defenseless dogs are violently debarked so their cries are silenced, they are forced to reproduce while simultaneously, hundreds of thousands of us are euthanized because there is an overpopulation problem. It is insanity. It is the shameful routine practice of animal cruelty that passes daily as commerce.
Sir, this goes on day after day in every state in the union. State laws are at best ineffective. At worst they bundle rescue with puppy mills and proverbially throw the baby out with the bath water. State laws are so weak that they are unenforced for the most part. That is how Micheal Vick was able to operate an interstate dog fighting ring for as long as he did. We need a national policy. Zero tolerance for animal cruelty . We need it now. Sir, please, I am asking for all of those of us who have no voice.
This is America, this is the land of the free and the home of the brave. This America cannot be the land of puppy mills! By exercise of your executive powers, you can change this. I want to believe that you are my President too.
Being only 2, this is my first election and my first political letter, so forgive my lack of protocol. I do have one personal question..When you get to be President do you get all the toys you want? You probably do, but you probably don't get any time to play with them. Well, if they get in the way of your busy schedule, you can always mail them to me.