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Secretary Zinke’s Dog and Pony Show

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has an obligation to protect public lands, water, and communities, but instead, he is focusing on unproductive publicity stunts.

In case you missed one of the dozens of tweets that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has written on the topic, today marks the first of two “Doggy Days” at the Interior Department. Employees are invited to bring their dog to work to “boost employee morale,” while employees who may be allergic or uncomfortable around dogs are encouraged to take leave.

Although some employees may indeed have a better Friday thanks to the wagging tails around the office, it’s also easy to see the action as one of many publicity stunts that Secretary Zinke has engaged in since taking over the agency.

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Jenny Rowland-Shea

Director, Public Lands

Kate Kelly

Director, Public Lands