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Jane Lynch Wants Dog Ad During Westminster

Written by PETA | January 31, 2011


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

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  • Bubba says:

    Of course there is a need for a FEW purebred dogs but most purebreds are not working dogs. By the way, even dogs from a shelter are quite easy to train & are actually BETTER dogs than breeder dogs for companion pets. Lucien, if someone doesn’t have the “time” to train a shelter dog, how would they have it to train a puppy? All of my dogs are shelter dogs. They all have been inside dogs that have helped raise 7 children(mine & extended family’s). RESCUE a dog, you’ll be glad you did!

  • dk9s says:

    Very disappointed in Jane Lynch. Some of us have purebred dogs AND mixed breed dogs as well as volunteer with rescues. The two are not incompatible except in your brainwashed minds. And the purebreds in my house are very healthy dogs, live into mid teens, sleep on the bed, etc.

  • Jesse says:

    Kayla, please try to understand life my point of view before you begin making any judgements. “Your purebred dogs are genetically sick” My dogs have never suffered from cataracts, hip displaysia, elbow displaysia, or any of the common ailments in dogs. The breeder I get my pups from was scrutinized by me and believe me, I do know how to find a good dog. “If you can’t train a mixed breed dog, that is your lack of experience, not the dog’s.” A Labrador Retriever is bred for retrieving. A Greyhounds is bred for hunting by sight. A Great Pyranees is bred to protect sheep. In this similar pattern, a Smooth Collie is bred to herd sheep and a Bluetick Coonhound is bred to track and tree animals. You cannot give me a Lab and say “Here, I want him to herd sheep.” This is not one of his instincts. It is not part of who he is as a dog. Therefore, a mixed breed is not something that I can effectively work with as a sheepdog. On another note, I am known in my area for working with problem dogs. I work with mutts on a regular basis. I am capable of taking an unruly dog (of any breed, mind you) and convincing him that life is much easier and much more fun when he follows the rules his “pack” has set for him. I am perfectly capable of training any dog. I do not know if you have ever seen sheepdog trials, but it is not a task for the faint of heart to attempt to train their dog to respond to various whistles from a great distance. “And your dogs come from breeders that profit from puppy mill money.” Another uneducated answer. The breeders that I buy from breed the best dogs for the job that they can. My breeders do not breed for profit. Their pups come with the option to register for AKC, but they breed for dogs with the drive to work. Along with that comes the conformation because a dog with bad conformation cannot perform their job as well as a dog built correctly for it. Where you are getting the idea that all breeders benefit from something as awful as a puppy mill is beyond me. Not all breeders are like puppy mills. I am sorry if you believe that, but there are many breeders who will only have a limited number of litters per year. Both of my breeders are very against puppy mills. Puppy mills and responsible breeders have nothing more in common than the production of puppies. With responsible breeders, the dogs are part of the family and their health is the number one priority. My breeder will spay a female if anything goes wrong with her litter. If something happens that may cause more future complications during whelping, he will spay her immediately and retire her to a luxurious life in the house with his family, regardless of whether she is producing puppies or not. “Puppy mills pay for your dog shows and working dog events. You don’t care. That says a lot.” Actually, I have never shown my dogs or put them in an event. I don’t need to take them out to shows and events and win ribbons in order to be proud of them. They do their job every day and nothing could make me more proud. I do not feel the need to show off my dogs. They don’t feel the need to be shown off either. They only feel the need to work. They love their jobs and they don’t care if I am the only one watching. Dogs aren’t petty like that. “It would be more impressive if you didn’t use a dog as a status symbol.” I am not really sure what you mean by that. The only thing I use my dogs for is the daily jobs they need to accomplish. As I don’t show my dogs or anything, I don’t think that they are set as any kind of status symbol to me. They hardly ever even leave the farm. They go to town with me sometimes, but other than that, they have all the entertainment they could ever need out on my land. They have what a lot of dogs don’t have. They have many acres of land to explore and they love it. I would love some clarification on this “status symbol” part, if you could provide it. (And coonhounds fill the shelters because the ‘working dog’ breeders and hunters dump the ones they can’t handle” Sweetheart, I am at the local shelters all the time helping families pick out dogs to suit their families and I have never once seen a coonhound mix. As I have to drive two states over in order to get to the nearest coonhound breeder, I can tell you that coonhounds are not a common breeder in my area of the world. They are a rarity. I have yet to even see one in my area other than my own. The issue with mixed breeds for working people like myself who still rely on dogs to accomplish our jobs on a daily basis is that you have a dog with two different ancestries telling it what to do. Say you have a Lab/Collie mix. Half of the dog’s instincts are telling it its a retriever and the other half telling it that it’s a herder. It is never fully committed or the other. Also, the only way to keep the working instinct in a dog is to maintain the breed. You get too many breeds mixed up into one dog and the dog doesn’t have the set instinct for one job. Here is the way I look at it. Mutts are fine for families who live in the suburbs and aren’t going to be needing the dog to be more than a companion. But for those of us who require that our dogs have an instinct for a specific task, we require purebreds. The mutts are the ones who come from irresponsible breeders and irresponsible owners. It is not responsible breeders that need to be stopped. It is the irresponsible breeders and owners that need to be stopped.

  • Lucien says:

    Due to that logic Ms. Lynch: if every time you buy a dog you kill a stray one, should we convict Paris Hilton for dog cruelty? Actually, joking aside, we probably should anyway 🙂 Great work and campaign, it is really opening people’s eyes. I have been trying to convince my family to get a rescue dog rather than a pedigree due to reading up on this, but as I’m constantly reminded, we don’t have time in our lives to train a dog with trauma issues or bad health problems (as most shelter dogs do). However, I do have time to train a puppy from scratch and to (of course) walk it for 30 mins a day and give it lots of love when I get home from working, therefore I will ensure I donate £50 to my local shelter when getting a new dog. That would be another good campaign for you to do PETA (get breeders to offer a 10% extra tax-free waver on top of the price of the dog they are selling to go towards a local Dog charity), if PETA UK’s PR department read this, I work in PR and I’d be happy to work on such a campaign (you have my email!) 🙂 Good luck with the future. Great organisation!

  • Angela says:

    Instead of out right blame on all breeders PETA should be pushing for teaching people that a pet is for life and to fix animals, then we wouldn’t see the number of animals in a shelter. If PETA did this people might actually give them some credit. And no I am not for the AKC dog show.

  • kayla says:

    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)

  • KathyAnnie says:

    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.

  • Joan says:

    Out come the AKC breeders to defend their profits! (Do you see how much they hate mixed breed dogs?) Noreen and the rest, why does your AKC make most of its money from puppy mills? Google “akc puppy mills” That’s what pays for these silly dog shows. And some AKC breeders sell their unwanted animals to the mills too. Noreen, also please study science. Frontline gave the lowdown on how sick these AKC “show dogs” are “Inbreeding is the only way to finely control what the next generation will look like, but it comes with a well-documented downside. Here’s why. Sometimes a gene that helps produce something good, say the shape of a dog’s ears, is located on a dog’s DNA close to another gene that produces something bad, like a disease. When that happens, there’s a good chance any pup getting the good gene will also get the bad one. Now, as long as the pup gets a healthy version of the gene from the other parent, he should be all right. But inbred dogs have a much greater chance of getting the same bad gene from both parents.” And ALL purebed dogs are inbred. It’s how they get the looks! But breeders don’t care as long as they make money!

  • Jesse says:

    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.

  • Patricia Floss says:

    People deserve to have a choice in how they acquire dogs; there is room in the world, and in the United States, for mixed-breeds and purebreds, dogs from responsible breeders and dogs from shelters. And there will always be people who prefer to get a purebred puppy from a breeder than a purebred or mixed-breed from a shelter; and vice versa. PETA should concentrate on educating consumers as to how to evaluate a reliable shelter or rescue organization or breeder so as to get the best dog of the type or origin they prefer, rather than pit purebred breeders and exhibitors against other dog lovers.

  • kathryn says:

    Ditto Suzanne.  For every irresponsible animal breeder out there, there are thousands of responsible ones as described.  And for those who need purebred hypoallergenic, shelter may not be an option.  Slander and half truths undermine whatever credibility a person or organization deserves.

  • DB says:

    Suzanne has it right. Besides, what will you do when all the breeders are gone, and all of your spayed and neutered shelter dogs have died of old age? Think about it.

  • Noreen says:

    The vast majority of breeders are knowledgeable about their chosen breed, carefully research genetics of the bloodlines, check references on potential buyers, and will always take back a dog they’ve bred – no questions asked. Having worked with rescue, I can say that many, many shelter dogs are unsocialized and/or unhealthy with genetic problems you seldom see in purebred litters. “Hybrid vigor” is a falacy – if you cross a cataract potential lab with a cataract potential poodle you are going to get labradoodles with cataracts. And they WILL show up in shelters.

  • Linda says:

    I think the attacks against breeders are viscious and unnecessary, and show ignorance of animal husbandry and its purposes/goals. There is a place in this world for both rescues and purebred animals.

  • Suzanne says:

    I know many dog breeders who spend many, many hours researching appropriate breeding practices, vetting the people to whom they sell their puppies, rescuing animals in need (and taking back puppies they’ve bred, at any time in their lives).

  • Ella says:

    Go Jane! Ain’t no lovin’ like a shelter dog’s lovin’ cause a shelter dog’s lovin’ don’t stop!

  • Pat Magilton says:

    I totally agree. My family has 9 animals…all of which are adopted from shelters or found in the streets. Let’s get these animals out of shelters and into good loving homes and stop breeding!!!

  • andre miller says:

    it is sad to think that some one would throw away there friend,maybe thay sould be put in jell or put to sleep!maybe that well stop the abuse!

  • Dee says:

    Has anyone done research on Breeders knowledge of genetics? From what I have seen a lot of them are down right stupid to say the least. Case in point, persian cats and pekinese dogs that have been bred in such a manner that their faces are so flat that breathing is restricted. How about mini kittens and munchkin breed ofncats. Toy dogs bred to “teacup” size that cause numerous health issues? How about ear and tail docking? The last two are NOT natural for a breed but cruel and artifial “enhancement”.

  • Amy says:

    shelter dogs have a bad rep, but the shelter dogs i volunteer with are some of the sweetest,cutest, and nicest dogs i’ve ever met! 😀