Kristi Noem Criticism: South Dakota Governor Shot Dog

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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem admits that she shot and killed her 14-month-old dog, Cricket, who attacked chickens, as well as a goat she says smelled “musky.” She reveals this in her soon-to-be-released book, No Going Back: The Truth on What’s Wrong With Politics and How We Move America Forward.

PETA is making it clear that there is no reason to shoot animals—and points out that Noem should have found a humane dog trainer, kept the puppy away from chickens, or even found a different home for Cricket:

“Most Americans love their dogs, and we suspect that they’ll consider Gov. Noem a psychotic loony for letting this rambunctious puppy loose on chickens and then punishing her by deciding to personally blow her brains out rather than attempting to train her or find a more responsible guardian who could provide her with a proper home. Noem obviously fails to understand the vital political concepts of education, cooperation, compromise, and compassion.”

—Colleen O’Brien, senior vice president of media relations at PETA

Kristi Noem Shot Her Dog and Goat—Here’s What You Can Do to Help Animals

Every animal is someone. It’s speciesist to believe that farmed and captive animals, like goats, don’t suffer or feel emotions to the same extent as the animals with whom we lovingly share our homes, like dogs.

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Note: PETA supports animal rights, opposes all forms of animal exploitation, and educates the public on those issues. PETA does not directly or indirectly participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office or any political party.

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