There is a big fuss going on about the Obama presidential campaign ad featuring the Romney’s dressage horse Refalca dancing around while Romney fumbles for an answer to a question about his tax returns.
Some say it is poor taste for Obama to feature the horse said to be Anne Romney’s therapy horse (must be part-time if the horse also performs) in a political message. Others say it is demeaning to equines to use a horse humiliated into dancing in one.
Whatever the sentiment, right or wrong, it is utter nonsense for either Obama or Romney to display any sort of concern about the alleged mistreatment of animals, especially horses.
If you care about horses and are a dedicated horse advocate, neither of these characters is a good choice for President.
The Obama Administration has been a disaster for both our domestic and wild horses. Obama has ignored this country’s loud and consistent pleas for mercy during his entire time in office concerning the slaughter of America’s equines (80% of those polled being against it); and the cruel and unnecessary roundups of our wild horses and burros.
Now if you could care less about our wild horses and burros, keep reading.
You might like to know that part of the Obama mustang tragedies is the documented misuse of US taxpayer dollars by the United States Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management to remove them from public lands set aside for them by federal law, breaking up family bands, destroying their herds, and stockpiling them around the country in federal pens and on private lands to the tune of millions and millions of federal tax dollars.
All of this is being conducted on your dime while the country is struggling financially, taking necessary funding away programs that benefit the human population.
In the case of Romney, his wife having horses indicates absolutely nothing about their attitude concerning the care of animals. Being advocates, we know all too well that custody or ownership does not automatically translate into good animal husbandry.
Besides, we already have a clear example dating earlier that demonstrates what the Romney philosophy about animal welfare looks like.
Members of the Romney family displayed a very public example of reckless and unsympathetic care toward their dog Seamus during a family trip that is still biting them on their political backsides.
Take a look at this from the Washington Post.
” . . .the tale of Seamus, the Irish setter who got sick while riding 12 hours on the roof of Mitt Romney’s faux-wood-paneled station wagon, is ballooning into a narrative of epic proportions.
“Late-night host David Letterman has been giving the dog near-nightly shout-outs. There are parody Web videos, “Dogs Aren’t Luggage” T-shirts and Facebook groups. (“Dogs Against Romney,” which protested outside last month’s Westminster dog show, has more than 38,000 Facebook fans.)
“The New Yorker featured a cartoon, with Rick Santorum riding in Romney’s rooftop dog carrier, on its cover last week. In the five years since the story was revealed, New York Times columnist Gail Collins has mentioned Seamus in at least 50 columns.”
This quote in the same article sums it nicely:
John Brabender said, “Quite frankly, I’m not sure I’m going to listen to the value judgment of a guy who strapped his dog to the top of the roof of his car and went hurling down the highway.”
WHAT YOU CAN DO
If you want to make good political choices that will benefit horses, we suggest you pay very close attention to who your Representative and Senators are in Washington DC and right there in your home States. These are where the decisions get made and where you can have the most influence.
Be sure to check out how they vote on all animal-related bills — particularly equine legislation — and the answers you get back when you write to them on these issues. If in doubt, call their offices and campaign offices and ask them where they stand. Have a pen and paper handy to write down what they say.
Remember, too, that the US Congress adjourns for the whole month of August and will be in their local constituent offices and likely out campaigning in your area till election time.
Insofar as the Presidential election, the clear choice is Not Obama, Not Romney, if you care about animals. Best to take other issues important to you into consideration when deciding who you want to be your next President.
IS THE AD OFFENSIVE?
No one in our offices and none of the volunteers who replied finds the Obama ad with the dancing horse offensive, but maybe that’s just us. Here it is. You decide.
We love your comments, but please keep them on point, and about horses and their political issues. Thank you!