French President Emmanuel Macron called for mobilizing against the abandonment of pets and called for their adoption. He greeted his dog named “Nemo” by publishing photos with him on his Twitter account.
Macron and his wife, Brigitte, owned Nemo in August 2017. The black Labrador Retriever-Griffon dog was born in 2015.
In a reply, Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman, widely known as MBS, hailed the French president’s call and described him as a great president.
Macron Calls Nemo First Dog
People in France should not be allowed to buy pets “impulsively”, harsher penalties should apply for animal cruelty, and there should be a special hotline to report mistreatment, a French MP has said in a new report, according to local media outlets.
The 39-year-old president and his wife Brigitte gave Nemo “The First Dog” title.
He was named after the captain in Jules Verne’s science fiction classic, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea.
More than half of French households have a pet, but every summer tens of thousands are abandoned to shelters.
According to the SPA (Society for the protection of animals), more than 100,000 dogs and cats are abandoned in France each year, with as many as 60,000 during the summer vacation. It estimates the rate of animal abandonment increased by 28 percent in 2019, a record in Europe.