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September 30, 2014

Shutdown Kills Dog, Panda Shows

With neither chamber looking like it’ll blink ahead of a government-wide shutdown, animal lovers all over town are bracing for a cold and heartless world devoid of cute and fuzzy moments.

Shutdown Kills Dog, Panda Shows

(CQ Roll Call photo illustration)

Lawmakers hoping to convince Amtrak to allow household pets to travel on its passenger trains were scheduled to plead their case Wednesday morning outside Union Station. But the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council shelved the animal-friendly photo op due to logistical uncertainty.

“The location of our press conference, Columbus Plaza, is administered by the National Park Service and we have been informed that in the event of a shutdown, all permits for special events are canceled. Given that possibility and the fact that we have participants coming in from out of town, we didn’t want to wait until the last minute to make our decision,” Mike Bober, PIJAC vice president of government affairs told HOH.

Meanwhile, the National Zoo alerted fans that a shutdown would force it to pull the plug on the dozen-plus animal cams that provide a real-time peek at the activities of assorted critters — including the newly arrived Sumatran tiger cubs feed, and D.C.’s most cherished bandwidth-suck, the Giant Panda Cam — until further notice.

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  • Jason Fraser

    Pets do NOT belong on passenger trains! Can you imagine the noise these fleabags will make in addition to the fleas, ticks and animal dander they leave behind? Additionally, Amtrak would leave itself open to personal injury claims because the day will come when one of those “family pets” either bites an Amtrak employee or another passenger.

    Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), the representative who introduced this ridiculous bill, represents a district in which there are a lot of farmers and not only did he stab the farmers in the back by voting against farm subsidies, he also flagrantly lied, when asked, about the farm bill and other matters. Denham has done NOTHING for the people of his district and by wasting his time drafting and introducing a bill to allow pets to ride on Amtrak trains, he has sent a loud and clear message to the people of his congressional district that they are of less importance than DOGS!

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