CRATE GATE: Dogs Against the Haughty Highness

by Hannah Steinke
Widener University Political Science Major 

So this is not a new story, but this story about Romney strapping his dog Seamus (in a crate) for a 12 hour car ride from Massachusetts to Canada is coming back to haunt him. The moral of the story uncovers Romney’s single consistent theme, haughtiness. Out of the myriad of offensive things Romney has said and done to people (i.e. “I’m not concerned about the very poor, uh, we have a safety net there.,” “I like being able to fire people who provide services for me.,” “10,000 dollar bet,” and don’t forget the infamous, “Corporations are people my friend.” See video of many more ‘Romneyisms.’) the way he treats his dog overrules his disdain for humans (listen to full Story about Romney’s dog abuse).  
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” ~Gandhi (1869-1948).
Obama’s campaign communications director’s Twit Pic with caption, “how loving owners transport their pets.”
TWEETED by President Obama's campaign communications director

NPR Quotes

Even conservative Fox News, Chris Wallace, lectured Romney in an interview. Wallace said, “I have a yellow lab named Winston. I would no sooner put him in a kennel on the roof of my car than I would one of my children. Question: What were you thinking?” Romney responded, “This is a completely airtight kennel, mounted on the top of our car. He climbed up there regularly, enjoyed himself, he was in a kennel at home a great deal of the time as well. We loved the dog, it was where he was comfortable and we had five kids inside the car and my guess is he liked it a lot better in his kennel than he would have liked it inside.”

Michael Markarian of the Humane Society Legislative Fund said on NPR that, “Two-thirds of American households have pets. And the pet care industry is a $51 billion a year industry. That’s more than movies, recorded music and video games combined.” Furthermore, he points out that “there are more than 20,000 animal protection groups in the U.S…and they collectively raise about $2 billion a year. It’s an incredible expression of philanthropy from people who care about animals and want to see them protected from harm.”

NPR points out that “many of them won’t vote for someone who they perceive mistreated his dog, regardless of party. About the only good news for Romney and his dog story? Last year President Obama got only a C minus from the Humane Society for his work helping animals.”


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