Eating Dog Food to Get Ohio's Animal Cruelty Laws Changed

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Ghandi fasted for political change. Animal activists are pounding dog food. That’s the logic behind a national movement aimed at prompting Ohio legislators to beef up animal-cruelty laws.

Their gripe? Ohio is one of only four states where beating on Buster is not a felony. A statute known as “Nitro’s Law” sailed through the Ohio House last year, only to shipwreck in the Republican-controlled Senate. With the red party now running the state puppet show, Nitro is a dead dog.

Enter New York blogger Nikki Moustaki, who hatched the plan to eat a daily helping of puppy chow until lawmakers welcome Nitro’s Law back to the House floor. The effort drew the attention of Westlake’s Chris Moran, who runs the popular clevelanddogblog.com.

“I’ve gotten a lot of support. But I did have one woman comment on Facebook that obviously I’m mentally unstable,” says Moran, who’s been chowing kibble since February 2. So far, Moran and Moustaki are among only seven folks nationwide taking part.

“On the first day I had some wet food, which actually wasn’t that bad. It has an odd aftertaste,” Moran says. “The next day I ate a dried dog biscuit, which I won’t be doing again. It gets stuck in your teeth and the taste doesn’t leave your mouth.” — Kyle Swenson

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