Internet trolls can ruin everything. The newest victim of completely meaningless internet hate is Prince George — all because he loves his dog. Prince George was seen in a recent photo offering his ice cream cone to his dog, Lupo, and apparently that falls under the umbrella of animal cruelty.
As the photos circulated, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals saw it and immediately criticized Prince George for his actions, then cautioned everyone against following his actions because it would be cruel to a dog.
The organization said, “It is lovely that Prince George is trying to help keep his family dog, Lupo, cool in these high temperatures. We would advise people to be cautious when giving their dogs food meant for human consumption as some items, like chocolate, can be highly toxic to dogs and dairy items can be difficult for them to digest.”
Just to recap — we’re talking about a child in a photo shoot offering a treat to his family dog. The dog, by the way, isn’t even licking the cone. This is an imaginary problem, but trolls will be trolls.
Animal activists are jumping on the RSCPA’s side, claiming basically that no deed is too small to speak out about. But luckily, the majority of people understand that this is a non-issue and are reminding everyone to calm down.
At 3 years old, Prince George might be the youngest person to ever be called problematic online. In his position, though, it might be good for him to get used to this kind of ridiculous reaction early. Things are certainly not going to get better anytime soon, so if he can make this his first learning experience in ignoring other people, he’ll be set.
The only thing I’m concerned about is if the royal family is forced to apologize for this innocent and sweet picture. If it comes to that, I’m going to issue a mandatory 24-hour break from the internet for all of us. We need to think about what we’re really doing here if we’re demanding an apology from a 3-year-old for being sweet and sharing.
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