By I. Ben Hadd
Caretaker to Chobee the Cat
NOTE TO OUR VISITORS -- June 7,
2005: Today's column marks our first guest editorial. We
applaud the author for his perspicacious take on important issues of
While the issue of same sex unions is one of major importance for
those of us with friends who have four paws, or two claws, or even
three legs (some of my animal’s best friends are tripods), I feel
the need to add to the political activism on another issue. The
exploitation of our companions.
Some forty years ago a White
House beagle was shown being held for photos by his ears. A
few years later Morris the finicky feline made his appearance. Then
along came a Chihuahua hawking chalupas, a duck that can only quack
one word (AFLAC) and a gecko that sometimes ends up in a sling. Is
this demeaning or what?
Perhaps we should lobby to have other
photos and descriptive means to inform the public without exploiting
our pets; such as Cheney holding “W” by the ears. After all, they
are the caricaturists’ favorite item. Or, a bobble-headed Monica
doll commemorating the impeachment of a President. Maybe even some
members of a congressional delegation going from hotel room to hotel
room with the Gideons.
Since Rumsfield declared our military
should be sensitive instead of sensible we should demand the same
standards of conduct for all those influencing public opinion.
Approved by the
FUPPPS Editorial Board