Written by PETA
Every year, following the broadcast of the Westminster Dog Show, breeders and pet shops do big business, which leads to more breeding—and to an overpopulation crisis that costs millions of animals their lives each year. That's why the always fabulous Jane Lynch, one of the stars of the Fox hit Glee, sent an urgent letter to the USA Network, which airs Westminster, asking it to run a darkly humorous PETA ad that asks the provocative question, "If you buy a dog, what will you do with the shelter dog you kill?"
"Although I played an ambitious dog trainer in Best in Show, in real life I wouldn't go near the Westminster Dog Show," Jane writes. "That's why I'm asking the USA Network to please air PETA's 'Everyday Dogs' public service announcement (PSA) during your Westminster coverage so that viewers will know the real consequences of buying animals rather than adopting from shelters."
If a dog show is coming to your community, get the word out about the deadly side of breeding and pet stores and the importance of animal birth control, just like a group of concerned folks did outside the Golden Gate Kennel Club show in San Francisco over the weekend. Let's all keep it up, for the love of dog!
Written by Jeff Mackey
Jesse, your purebred dogs are genetically sick. If you can't train a mixed breed dog, that is your lack of experience, not the dogs.
And your dogs come from breeders that profit from puppy mill money.
Puppy mills pay for your dog shows and working dog events. You don't care. That says a lot.
It would be more impressive if you didn't use a dog as a status symbol.
(And coonhounds fill the shelters because these "working dog" breeders and hunters dump the ones that they can't handle)
AKC "show dogs" have more diseases and defects than any mixed breed dog. They don't care. It's a business to sell dogs and that's it.
These breeders can't resist slandering mixed breed dogs so they can make a buck.
AKC is the problem, why dogs are suffering in so many ways.
I believe that Linda and Noreen have nailed it right on the head! DB has also brought up my favorite thing to say to those who say to stop breeders. Also, if we were to stop breeding for purebred, quality dogs for work and for show, we would end up with a bunch of mutt dogs with health problems. I own two purebred Smooth Collies and two purebred Bluetick Coonhounds. All were bought from responsible breeders. Alle are working dogs. Dude and Dartanian, my Collies, work my sheep every day. I could not function without them. Buck and Yowler, my Blueticks, have treed Mountain Lions on a regular basis and never once have I lost a sheep or a chicken. Mind you, once they tree a Lion, I call animal services and they relocate the cat. I will never have them killed, but these 4 dogs are not dogs I can go find at a shelter. I need dogs bred for their jobs and a shelter dog just wont cut it. What are the odds of me finding an 8 week old purebred Collie pup when Dude and Dartanian are too old to work my sheep or a purebred coonhound pup when Buck and Yowler are too old too effectively tree coons and Mountain Lions? I can't take an older dog from a breed specific rescue. I need to get him as a pup so that my older dogs can mentor him and help teach him his job. I need to be able to begin working with him from day one. It takes much too long to teach an older dog how to work sheep than a pup. I need to get as many working years out of all of them as possible. They are my partners and on a working farm, all members of the family must earn their keep, dogs and humans alike. A lab mix from a shelter won't help me.
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