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Celebrities, especially those that influence millions of young people through their words and actions, have a social responsibility to be good role models. The Dogington Post is disappointed by one such celebrity, reality star Khloe Kardashian. An outspoken animal rights activist and former spokesperson for PETA, Kardashian is in a unique position to encourage animal adoption and the support of animal rescue. Instead, she’s indirectly supporting puppy mills.
Khloe Kardashian-Odom, the outspoken brunette bombshell made famous through reality TV hits like “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and her own spin-off show with basketball player husband, Lamar Odom, “Khloe and Lamar” announced to her over 8 million Twitter fans yesterday that she and Lamar got a new Boxer puppy.
Just last week, the reality star blogged about her pet store visit with Olympic gold medalist step-dad, Bruce Jenner, saying:
On Wednesday before a family dinner out, Bruce and I saw a pet store and I couldn’t resist saying hi to the puppies. They were SO cute!!!!! One is a Yorkie, one is a Shorkie and one is a Morkie. I’m not kidding LOL. I wanted to take one home so badly… I’m a sucker for puppies.
Lamar, the doting husband that he is, surprised Khloe on Tuesday with a puppy of her own, reportedly purchased from a pet store. The puppy, a tiny precious Boxer is named Bernard Hopkins, a nod to the famous professional boxer. But is being called “Bee” for short.
With over 2 million homeless dogs sitting in shelters and rescue organizations around the nation, it’s shocking that someone would visit a pet store to purchase a dog. Additionally, it’s becoming widely known – especially to animal rights activists like Khloe claims to be – that the puppies being sold in retail pet stores come from puppy mills. It is the retail sale of puppies through such stores and the internet that is keeping puppy mills in business.
We know that little “Bee” will have a wonderful home, with a large, loving family that adores him. We only wish that Khloe was using her fame and influence to promote animal adoption, rather than supporting puppy mills through thoughtless actions.