Barking Mad: PETA Slams AOC for Purchasing Purebred French Bulldog

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's new purebred French bulldog / Getty Images

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals criticized Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) after the freshman "Squad" leader bought a purebred puppy.

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"We really couldn't believe our eyes, because you are a role model for how to live, so we understand that you just didn't realize what you were doing in this case—you couldn't have," PETA said in a letter. "With the millions of homeless dogs out there, you apparently chose to buy a purebred puppy instead of adopting one from an animal shelter. Right this minute, on Petfinder alone, there are more than 110,000 dogs—including French bulldogs—who need homes."

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Ocasio-Cortez attracted the controversial animal rights organization's criticism after tweeting out pictures of what appears to be a new purebred French bulldog puppy.

PETA said that French bulldogs suffer from extensive health problems due to inbreeding and that many of Ocasio-Cortez's supporters may be inspired to purchase the pups despite lacking the means to take care of them.

"AOC had a chance to set a compassionate, responsible example in the face of the homeless-animal crisis, but instead, she apparently inadvertently contributed to the problem," PETA president Ingrid Newkirk said in a statement. "PETA is urging her supporters not to follow her lead in this case and to stick up for the underdog by choosing to give a lovable mutt a new lease on life."

Members of the Trump campaign's rapid response team noted that purebred French bulldogs tend to be very expensive.