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Animals Are People Too - Disgusted With Humans, Voters Write In Cat for Mayor, Register Dolphins as Human

Updated on July 17, 2012

Write-In Votes

Veteran actress Betty White's autobiography If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won't) indicates that she likes animals better that people, because they do not lie. That is interesting when considering for whom to vote in any election, even the 2012 Presidential Election. I've placed a number of write-in candidates' names on the ballots over the years, but I never entered the name of an animal. Some voters have felt so disenfranchised that they have enter the names of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, though. For 2012, many voters have write-in names ready and the results might be interesting.

Mayor Stubbs
Mayor Stubbs | Source

In what appears an animals-first trend for the 2010s, a town along the Alaskan Iditarod Sled Dog Race route elected an animal to serve as its mayor. It is not a sled dog or any species of dog.

Talkeetna, Alaska is an unincorporated, Census-Designated "Place" of 900 residents that have not much liked the candidates running for mayor in the last decade or so. In a concerted effort, they wrote in the name of Stubbs the Cat, who won re-election as a 15-year old yellow tomcat. Residents felt that he had kept a good eye over Talkeetna and deserved the office. Incredibly, Stubbs was first elected as a kitten, 15 years ago. He has been mayor ever since, although he has delegated most of his duties to human aides.

We have heard of many cats and dogs that were the sole inheritors of large estates from their human companions, but none were ever elected to office. Stubbs does not have a lot of money, but he is very comfortable in his usual spot at the Talkeetna General Store, north of Anchorage, Alaska..

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General Store in Downtown Talkeetna

Mayor Stubbs is usually here.
Mayor Stubbs is usually here. | Source

Attractions

Downtown Talkeetna is a preserved National Historic Site, featuring commercial buildings dating from the early 1900s. These include Nagley's General Store where Mayor Stubbs receives visitors, the Fairview Inn, and the Talkeetna Roadhouse. Quite a number of people feel that the TV show Northern Exposure was based in Talkeetna and its local community radio station and bush pilots, but that is debatable. I was surprised to learn that the show was filmed in Washington State.

At the base of Mount McKinley, this town is home to several Air-Taxis and flightseeing services for visitors that want to see the mountainscape from the air. Climbers can engage a guide and climb Mt. McKinley (April through July). Others can rent a canoe or go fishing, ski, or take a lesson in mushing with sled dogs. The town is certainly a tourist attraction, especially during the Iditarod weeks, but the population was serious about not liking their candidates for mayor and have kept Stubbs in office since about 1997.

A public arts display begins in May every year and includes moose art. Called Moose On Parade, the event features moose of various decorations like that of the Cows On Parade and Pigs on Parade (Cincinnati) in other cities. Columbus OH had artistically represented ears of corn around the city one year - kind of strange. Downtown Talkeetna offers free concerts throughout the spring and summer each year. During the entire month of December, Talkeetna celebrates Winterfest with many activities.

First Nations/Native Alaskans are under study in the large park surrounding Mt. McKinley and an archeological page is planned for addition to the national parks website for this park. Native Village Councils of Nikolai and Telida asked researchers to write down their histories. Interviews with tribal elders made this possible.

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Across the Sea to the Far East - Registered Dolphins

Dolphins have not yet held elective office (as of 2012).

However, in order to further the work of conservationists against the wholesale killing of these mammals around one island in Japan, the island residents coordinated a successful campaign to register dolphins as people. Therefore, any attack and harvest of a dolphin by a dolphin fisherman near the island is tantamount to human murder. This is a very clever way of supporting conservation in this area.

What other animals might enjoy human offices and status in the future?

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      I wish the same for him, Maren!

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      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Mayor Stubbs, live long and well!

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Best wishes for you and your new cat, Flora. I think this year's presidential election here definitely should have a write-in slot.

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      Flora Breen Robison 5 years ago

      I could easily spend the rest of my life surrounded by non-humans except for my Mom and just venture out into human areas when need I need to buy food etc. and then go back to hermit life. I find myself disgusted with people all the time for different reasons. Yes, wild animals will harm or kill me for food or because I am near their young... but that is natural instinct and they are meant to do this. My new cat that I got from a woman who is moving to a place with no animals allowed is part feral and will not be near any other animals without attacking them...oh, well....

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      It makes perfect sense to me Apparently the Obama re-election team is registering dead dogs. Why not elect them too?

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      I remember reading about the Japanese dolphin thing, but I hadn't heard of the cat mayor! Wow - that tells you something Sout other candidates for the office. How would you feel if you lost to a cat? Voted funny and awesome.

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Hi peoplepower73 -- Entertaining dog - I hope you meet Mayor Stubbs! The airtaxi service sounds as though it could become dangerous. Your son has quite a career. Thanks for visiting!

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      Mike Russo 5 years ago from Placentia California

      Two things: I saw a talking dog once. When asked his name, he would howl..."I don't know!" The other thing is my son lives in Anchorage and was an airtaxi pilot for many years out on the ice with the natives. He now flies 747's for Atlas Air Cargo. We have driven through Talkeetna three times, but never stopped. Perhaps the next time we'll vistit the mayor and say meow. I liked your treatment of this hub and how all elements were tied together. Voting up, interesting, and sharing.

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      cclitgirl - The place is unincorporated and probably has a small town council to do the work, but the election was real! I like how the residents took action and refused to vote between "the lesser of two evils" as it were. The Japanese Islanders and their friends in conservation were very clever to think of registering dolphins. That stopped some of the over-hunting and over-fishing there.

      tillsontitan - Thanks for your votes! I see Talkeetna on TV sometimes in the Iditarod as a Checkpoint and wish the TV coverage spent longer there. Maybe you will go back and see the cat - or the general store might sell photos and post cards of Stubbs? I guess his name comes from from his stubby Manx tail.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Not only did you find an interesting topic but your undertaking Talkeetna's description added nicely to this hub. I was lucky enough to visit this lovely town when I was in Alaska, but I missed the CAT!!!

      We all know animals will treat us better than some people, that's fur sure!

      Glad to hear about the dolphins, if we could just get more places to enact some kind of protection for them.

      This hub was great. Voted up, useful, funny and interesting.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Wow! They really elected Stubbs? That is *awesome*! I would move to that town and brave the harsh winters of Alaska just to be part of that cool town and the people.

      I love how you've been calling attention to dolphins in recent hubs. This strikes the green chord in me and I love what the Japanese (at least on that one island) are doing. It's nothing short of avant-garde conservationism. Yes!

      Northern Exposure was one of my favorite shows. I really wish there were more episodes. :)

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Not every day can be our best.

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Sorry about the typos and grammar, not quite myself today!

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Many fish are beautiful in an aquarium; I could not eat any of those types either.

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      I don't think I have the heart to eat dolphins, they are too cure. Like I couldn't never eat dog or cat meat....lol. I love fish and I don't keep a fish tank at home even though I want to, but if I start having fish as pets then I know I wouldn't want to eat another fish.

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Cardisa - Thanks for visiting here - The Japanese are still hunting dolphins to sell for food, along with whales. I have an island recipe posted that calls for dolphin that some say is dolphin fish instead, but I found original recipes calling for actual dolphin.

      tamron - Dogs are wonderful companions and champions.

      kshmir56 - SO glad to hear of your rain! I wonder how many will write in our cartoon friends in November?

      Earth Angel - Perhaps Betty White and her pet could run our government!

      Pamela99 - Just one of the Islands belonging to Tokyo is registering dolphins, but that is a lot of dolphins.

      melchesier - Thanks a million for your kind words! I'd like to see animal abuse end and that would be a start. One artist recently took photographs of dogs at a shelter immediately before they were to be euthanized and blew the photos up into large portraits for a gallery display to show people how serious that problem is as well. The images were haunting.

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      mecheshier 5 years ago

      I love this Hub! Wow, you have done your homework. The dolphins directly above is my favorite.

      I feel that animals should have more rights than humans. After all, humans are the only species that harms a world, everything they touch is damaged or permanently destroyed.

      Thank you for sharing. Voted up for useful and awesome.

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      Very interesting hub. I must agree with Betty White, animals don't lie. I was surprised about Japan as I had the idea that they were some of the worst offenders of catching endangered fish. The mayor cat looks like he means business!

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      Earth Angel 5 years ago

      Love the idea, Patty, of treating/registering animals/wildlife/pets as living, breathing souls with the same rights to live peacefully! I'm with Betty ~ I like animals much better than people! Blessings, Earth Angel!

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Patty, this is a very interesting hub, and like Betty White i to like animals over people . And if it would help i would write in Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck for president and vice- president, they couldn't do any worse than what we got right now. But one thing i do know for sure is Mickey and Donald have never lied to me so that's a good start.

      Patty we have some rain coming here soon so thanks for sending that my way, hope it cools it off some what because today has just been so hot, i would have said it was hot like hell but i just don't know how hot that is because i have never been there. :-) Be well and have a great week my friend !

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      tamron 5 years ago

      What a cool hub! I treat my dog like a person. He deserves to have respect and love. God knows he would lie down his life for me.

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      I agree with both ideas. Pity our ballots don't let us write, rather marking an X, but I would vote for an animal over these politicians any day. I have to agree with Betty White too, that animals don't lie...lol. Registering the dolphins as people is a clever way to keep fishermen from killing them. I always thought that dolphins were safe, I had no idea they were hunted for any reason. Do people eat dolphins? Why would someone kill a dolphin?