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Westminster Won’t Even ‘Like’ Mutts on Facebook

Written by PETA | February 13, 2012

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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  • Rich Ann Catral says:

    I love all dogs… even if they are mangy or if they stink… Don’t call yourself a dog lover if you can’t accept them 100%. It’s not their fault that they are like that. All dogs regardless of their breed deserve to live and be loved… that’s the main reason why they were placed here on earth in the first place. It’s time to make a change… start with yourself… with your heart! God bless all of His creatures.

  • Dog lover says:

    Direct your anger where it belongs – PUPPY MILLS. Gorham NY has just approved the building of a new facility to house 100 dogs. It is this industry that is the problem! The AKC is a breed registry. Educate yourself about what is going on and why the USDA is continuing to license these facilities under the guise of being farms and raising livestock. Breeders such as those that show there dogs in dog shows have a limited number of liters per year. They are not the problem. No reputable breeder will advertise on Craigslist or any auction site, puppy brokers do. they get these from puppy mills. The problem is dogs being sold from retail stores and so called kennels that have multiple breeds of dogs for sale. Those kennels do not breed, they buy from the puppy mills. Do not support puppy mills and the number of dogs in shelters will decrease 1000 fold! I have adopted mutts from shelters, bought from reputable breeders and before I knew better from a pet store. Support your local shelter!

  • S. MIDDLETON says:


  • Rev. Meg says:

    I live in a condo complex where nearly everyone has a dog, and most are mutts. We and our dogs tend to gather in the main garden area around 4 to 5 pm to walk our dogs and talk. One day, after noticing how many dogs there were, all shapes and sizes, and how well they got along, I suggested we stage a dog show for the Park Orleans dogs with catagories such as Happiest, Funniest, Best Heeler, Best Leash Puller, Who Stopped To Sniff And Pee The Most, etc. We would give certificates for the prizes and every dog would win something. We will be doing this sometime in July or August.

  • Kathy says:

    And AKC judges have been caught committing cruelty at their own puppy mills. Yes, dog show judges!

  • Kathy says:

    The number one source of income for the AKC is PUPPY MILL REGISTRATIONS. They lobby for the puppy mills. This is the money that pays for these dog shows, etc.

  • D. Morris says:

    I wish everyone could just get on board, and help these animals who need US.