Stranger than fiction.. Animals in government positions

Can animals occupy government positions? A question that may seem comical, but the reality is that dogs and cats have already taken over some government positions in the country in which they live, and perhaps the most famous fact that occupied public opinion is that a Russian cat took the position of

“deputy minister” after a worker saved him from death in a Russian waste sorting facility The Russian authorities decided to give the cat an honorary title to sit comfortably on the chair of a senior government official.

In the details of the incident, a video clip taken by surveillance cameras at a factory in the city of Ulyanovsk, about 700 km southeast of Moscow, showed worker Mikhail Tokash, picking up a plastic bag from a moving belt and opening it to discover a male cat inside, according to Reuters.

Cat Deputy Minister of the Environment

Palmerston the cat is the “chief rat-catcher” of the British Foreign Office.
The story of the Russian cat who assumed a government position was not the only one. There is another story of a British cat called “The Palmerston Cat” who obtained the position of “chief mouse hunters” at the British Foreign Office, for 4 years, and retired in the middle of last year, due to the spread of the Corona virus pandemic.


Under the title “Important News”, Palmerston’s cat account, which is followed by more than 105 thousand followers on “Twitter”, published a picture of his retirement letter, in which he explained the reasons for his retirement after a tender journey and a struggle in rat hunting that spanned for about 4 years.

Cat retirement letter

The strangest of the stories of cats who took government positions was the direction of the inhabitants of the small and old German town of Diemen in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, which was once part of the Hanseatic League, to elect a new head of the town, but one of the new candidates for the official position is not human, as the owner of a cat named “Kfarki”, 6 years old, received the documents required to nominate the cat for the position of the new mayor of the town, but his request was rejected for official reasons, according to the authorities’ response.

The German town of Diemen

And according to what “Deutsche Welle” quoted, from the German news agency, the authorities examined the request and refused to register this candidate, “the cat,” explaining that the decision came for official reasons, in particular that the cat has not yet reached the age of 18, and that its signature is missing in the the documents.
Legal jurists also point to the need to obtain German citizenship, which the cat does not have and cannot obtain.

Parker taking the oath

The dog, Parker, won the mayor of Georgetown, Colorado, USA, on February 11, 2019.
At the time, a ceremony was held at the Georgetown Community Center, attended by about 1,000 people, where Parker appeared elegant in a tie and glasses, while posing for pictures with the state police force, to represent the scene of the oath before taking office.

Joss Hall

The Coronado Township, California, presidential election was held in 2018, and more than 20,000 people voted, and Joss Hall, the dog, received more than half of the votes, won the office and subsequently ran four times.


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