Written by Jeff Mackey
The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show may have gotten wind of
our plan to take over its Facebook page because the puppy pimps quickly shut
the page down. Were they afraid that people would learn exactly how the annual
spectacle's shameless promotion of purebred dogs encourages people to support
breeding and deters many
from adopting wonderful mixed-breed dogs
from animal shelters? Yep, I'd say that was it.
Never ones to be easily silenced, we've created an album of
beautiful mixed-breed dogs on our own Facebook page
that everyone can share to spread the message that rescued dogs rock.
Given America's reputation as a melting pot, there's
something very off-kilter, elitist, and, well, un-American about Westminster's relentless pushing of purebreds.
Millions of American mutts die in our nation's crowded pounds and animal shelters
every year because of a lack of good homes—even though they're every bit as gorgeous,
sweet, and loyal as (and generally healthier than)
their purebred cousins.
If you're the proud guardian of a Great American Mutt,
we hope you'll tell the world about it by sharing photos of your best bud and
these other American originals on Facebook. And if you're considering adding a
dog to your household, please think "mutt." Like the guardians of these stars,
you'll be glad you did!
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