Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, in a hidden video released by his presidential campaign Thursday, promised his three children that, if he’s elected president in 2016, they can have a puppy.
“If we move to the White House you can have a puppy,” Jindal tells them, after daughter, Selia, inquires.
On Thursday, PETA, the notorious animal rights group, responded with a letter to Jindal, urging him to adopt a shelter dog, if he has to make good on that promise.
In a separate statement, PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk urges Jindal to go ahead and take the plunge, and offers help in finding the perfect shelter dog in need:
“Gov. Jindal can make his kids happy right now and set a wonderful example for the country by saving the life of a puppy who may never find a home unless the Jindals make it happen … PETA would be happy to help the governor’s family find just the right dog in need—one whose life depends on being given a second chance—today or in the future.”
Read the full letter:
June 25, 2015
The Honorable Bobby Jindal
Governor of Louisiana
Supriya Jolly Jindal
Dear Governor and Mrs. Jindal,
We hope you are well. We understand that your children are interested in welcoming a dog into your family. Should the time come, we urge you to choose life and offer a home to a shelter dog, rather than contributing to the companion-animal homelessness crisis by buying from a breeder or a pet store.
Every year, animal shelters are forced to euthanize millions of wonderful, deserving dogs because of a lack of good homes. Every animal purchased rather than adopted takes a home away from a needy animal at a shelter who is waiting for a chance at the American dream of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
We hope you will set a wonderful example for the country by opening your home to a shelter dog. Please let us know if we can assist you.
Very truly yours,
Ingrid E. Newkirk