PETA’s Message at Westminster Is Loud and Clear: If You Buy, They May Die

Published by PETA.

PETA protesters surrounded the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show today with giant posters featuring the names and faces of dogs currently in animal shelters. The show encourages the breeding of unhealthy purebred dogs, even though on any given day in the United States, there are an estimated 70 million homeless dogs and cats struggling to survive.

“The Westminster Kennel Club encourages the inbreeding of dogs for appearances’ sake and makes a mockery out of the homeless-animal overpopulation crisis,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA is asking people to skip the dog show and, when they’re ready to make a lifelong commitment, adopt a dog from their local animal shelter.”

PETA encourages people to avoid dog pageants, which promote the breeding and buying of purebred dogs while animal shelters overflow with mutts and purebreds alike. Breeding for a certain look also wreaks havoc on animals’ health, as it causes painful and life-threatening congenital defects.

Get PETA Updates

Stay up to date on the latest vegan trends and get breaking animal rights news delivered straight to your inbox!

By submitting this form, you are agreeing to our collection, storage, use, and disclosure of your personal info in accordance with our privacy policy as well as to receiving e-mails from us.

 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind