Written by PETA
A mother-and-daughter dog-breeding duo who had won several awards at Crufts, the UK's most prestigious dog show, were convicted this week of cruelty to animals after 104 dogs were discovered living in "unimaginable squalor" at the women's home last year.
Many of the dogs were kept in cramped, filthy cages or in dark, cluttered rooms smeared with feces and without access to clean water. Sick and elderly dogs were denied veterinary care, including a poodle with a broken jaw and other serious health problems and a former show dog with an ear disease. Of the 89 dogs seized, 24 were so sick or elderly that they had to be euthanized.
Shockingly, the women continued to breed and show dogs for more than a year while they were being investigated. As one of the defendants pointed out, "If we are so bad how come we have not been banned from showing dogs?" Good question.
Remember, fancy "papers" and dog show ribbons are no guarantee that a breeder is "responsible." In fact, we would argue that no breeding can be considered responsible while millions of dogs are being euthanized in animal shelters for lack of good homes.
Written by Alisa Mullins
What do breeders breed—besides dogs with crippling congenital defects?
PETA U.K. recently unveiled its new "Boycott Breeders" ad just in time for the Crufts Dog Show—an event that, like the Westminster Dog Show in the U.S., encourages the false and dangerous belief that some races breeds of dogs are superior to others.
About one in four pedigree dogs is born with painful and life-threatening genetic defects—including hypothyroidism, demodectic mange, epilepsy, cataracts, allergies, chronic ear infections, and hip dysplasia—all of which have been handed down through generations of inbreeding and selective breeding. And pedigree dogs aren't the only animals who suffer because of the breeding industry. Every time a dog is purchased from a breeder, another who has been awaiting adoption in an animal shelter, longing for a home, dies. It's a fact: Breeding purebreds in a world in which millions of animals are homeless is pure heartlessness.
Written by Logan Scherer
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