Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Three year old running for mayor of Halifax

Tuxedo Stan is just three years old but is running for mayor of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He is running for the Tuxedo Party of Canada. As leader of the Tuxedo Party Tuxedo Stan has over 2,000 fans already. Soon he will probably have more fans than Romney.

There are six other candidates for mayor of Halifax but none is as popular as Tuxedo Stan. There is only one problem. The Halifax election bylaws discriminate against cats. Cats are not allowed to run in elections. However asses are eligible as long as they are the human kind.

Stan who is both black and white was born of a feral mother. Stan's campaign slogan is: "Because negligence isn't working" As with any other politician Stan has buttons, T-shirts and even lawn signs that can be purchased at local Pet-Valu stores. Money made will be used to help low-income families pay to spay or neuter their cats.

In an interview Stan's campaign manager Hugh Chisholm said: “There are literally thousands of homeless cats - feral and abandoned - who live by their willpower in the back alleys and streets and bushes in HRM(Halifax Rural Municipality)....There is very little people can do if they want to help, because there is no pound. If there's a lost or injured dog, you can call the pound and they will come and take the dog and give it a place to stay, and some food and care. But if you do the same thing with a cat, you get nothing, because there's nothing in place.”

There is already an unofficial Cat Mayor of Alaska called Stubbs who has managed to hold office for almost a decade. Stubbs will soon have to retire as he will be reaching the limit of his nine lives.

On his Facebook page, Stan, who is owned by his campaign manager said:“I feel very fortunate to live in Catopia. I've never known hunger, cold or abuse. I sleep in a warm, cozy bed every night. I get to play in a safe fenced yard every day.. Unfortunately, there are cats all over the world who aren't so lucky. You can help by donating money or time to a local rescue group. For those of you who do – a big Tuxedo Stan THANK MEOW!" For more see this article.

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