So, that's not going to end, despite the death of groundhog Charlotte aka Chuck. When orchestrating his politico performance art about the weather predictions, New York Mayor Bill de Basio dropped Charlotte. She later died of the internal injuries suffered. Here is the coverage in the New York Post.
But what can change are the international rules for how animals are handled when used as part of political theatre. For instance, there should have been an on-the-ground rule for Charlotte. Why was the animal in the arms of a man untrained in managing non-domestic animals?
If we designate a permanent global mourning day for animals which senselessly die at the hands of political leaders, we will collectively come up with a code of ethics about their treatment. Had such a code operated in the era of U.S. President L.B. Johnson, he would never have dared lifted his dog by its ears. Some animal lover would have turned whistle-blower.
Today, in my meditation practice, I will transmit a heart-load of affection to Charlotte's spirit. By now she probably already knows that her death has upended the MO of politicos and the cute four-legged creatures they exploit.