FROM OUTRAGE TO VINDICATION
“Champ, when you get knocked down, get up. Get up.”
excerpt from acceptance speech at the DNC
Joe Biden “I’m Getting A Dog”He was promised the post-election dog by his wife, Jill, who would tape pictures of different dogs on the back of the seat in front of Biden on his campaign plane.
Biden On This Week December 21/08]”I’ve had German shepherds since I was a kid and I’ve actually trained them and shown them in the past,” Biden said on ABC’s “This Week” last Sunday.
Biden also revealed that his family will be getting another dog, this time from a pound, for Jill Biden, perhaps a golden retriever.
CHAMP IS THE NAME OF THE BIDEN’S NEW PUPPY
After gathering the whole family around the Christmas tree , Vice President-elect Joe Biden’s grandchildren announced the name of his new German shepherd puppy. His grandchildren decided on Champ because that is what Joe Biden’s father called Joe when times were tough.
Linda Brown Owner of Jolindy’s German Shepherds and Wolf Den Kennel
“So he called me and said he wanted to come over and see the puppies”
Linda Brown has been disciplined by the AKC and cited for many violations by Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement
In 2006, the AKC’s Management Disciplinary Committee (page 7) has suspended Ms. Linda Brown, Spring City, PA, from all AKC privileges for one year, effective April 10, 2006, and imposed a $1000 fine for having submitted or caused to be submitted three litter registration applications that she knew, should have known, or had a duty to know contained false certifications as to the sire and/or dam (DNA exclusion).
Linda Brown besides being the owner of Jolindy German Shepherds is also the owner of Wolf Den Kennel, 723 Saylors Mill, Spring City, PA, 19475, and on Dec 10/08 failed to meet the requirements when her kennel was inspected by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement ,Kennel Inspection.
She failed to meet maintenance, ventilation, sanitation standards required by Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement, and she also failed to produce all records for dogs sold/boarded/adopted/ transferred/returned to owner during the 2008 calendar year. Numerous records possessed by kennel owner, failed to contain the complete name and address of where dogs went. Bills of sale were not available for review. Rabies vaccination records were not available for review. Despite an indication by kennel owner that all dogs on the premises that were 3 months and older were vaccination for rabies, kennel owner was unable to produce all records on the date of this inspection.
Biden’s purchase outraged many animal welfare activists; who were hoping the Biden’s would rescue a shelter dog
Biden Family’s Purchase of A Dog From A Breeder Sparks Angry ‘Buy One, Get One Killed’ Ad From PETA
I was extremely disappointed to read that Vice President-elect Joe Biden and his wife bought a dog from a breeder instead of adopting one from an animal shelter. Obviously he or his wife blanked on Ingrid’s letter which asked him to consider adopting and explained, “Every year, U.S. animal shelters are forced to euthanize millions of wonderful, deserving dogs and cats because of the lack of good homes.”
Ugh. I’m sorely upset about this—not to mention worried that his supporters will now all run out and get purebred German shepherds. I mean, not only is it really out of touch with dog issues to buy a dog from a breeder—or plain cold-hearted—it’s such a bad idea that one New Mexico county has just banned selling dogs from pet stores altogether. At least some Americans know what’s up. So what’s with our future vice president?
If it weren’t bad enough that Biden chose to buy from a breeder, we are now trying to confirm the accuracy of a report that was sent to us alleging that he bought his dog from a known puppy mill operator! An anti–puppy mill activist who claims to have firsthand knowledge of this particular breeder’s operation writes, “When I was there, she had dogs living outside in [I]gloos and a large side building wrapped in blue plastic … the barking was deafening … her inspection report states approximately 100 breeding dogs … she sold more than 275 dogs in 2006 … it was a stupid move on Biden’s part … a puppy mill, for sure.” Wow, Biden—if this is true, you’ve left us speechless.
Well, we decided to remind Mr. Biden and his home state of Delaware that every time someone buys a dog from a breeder, a dog in an animal shelter is killed. We will be running the following PSA on every station we can in Delaware:
Now that Vice President Elect Joe Biden has agreed to get his second dog from a shelter PETA has forgiven him. PETA headlined their PETA FILES BLOG: Biden Does a Puppy Right: posted Dec 20/08
Michael Markarian of the Humane Society of the United States wrote:
“Biden has also been a stalwart friend of animal welfare advocates in the Senate, and is one of only seven senators to receive the highest score of 100+ on the most recent Humane Scorecard. In his new role with the incoming Administration, he can influence the lives of millions of animals by advocating for animals on important policy matters related to puppy mills, animal fighting, humane slaughter, wildlife and marine mammal protection, and much more.
Not only a supporter of animal protection legislation during his career, Biden has also been a leader on important issues. He was the co-author with Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) in the 108th Congress on legislation to ban the netting of dolphins by commercial tuna fishermen. He was the lead author of a bill in the 107th Congress to prohibit trophy hunting of captive exotic mammals in fenced enclosures, and he successfully passed the bill through the Senate Judiciary Committee. In the 110th Congress, he joined Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) in introducing a resolution calling on Canada to stop its annual massacre of baby harp seals for their fur pelts”
Michael Markarian is the president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund, a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization that lobbies for animal welfare legislation and works to elect humane-minded candidates to public office. In almost 15 years in the animal protection movement, Markarian has worked for the passage of countless state laws and federal statutes to protect animals, in addition to helping defeat some of the strongest anti-animal welfare politicians in the United States.