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Advice | What Kristi Noem’s puppy, the wolves and rodeo bulls of Wyoming teach us

Two recent events should stimulate a national conversation about our treatment of animals. In Wyoming, weak laws allowed the torture and killing of a young wolf, an event that sparked understandable public outrage. The public then learned that South Dakota Governor Kristi L. Noem, a contender for the Republican vice presidential nomination, killed both her 14-month-old puppy, because she deemed him “untrainable,” and a “nasty and mean” puppy . goat. Ms. Noem’s atrocities managed to do the impossible: unite people across the political spectrum in condemnation. The public’s response to cases of cruelty to animals reflects a deep public concern for animal welfare. Yet laws in the United States fail to prioritize animal protection in line with public sentiment.