‘Dead Dogs’ to Protest Westminster Dog Show

PETA Will Shame Kennel Club for Promoting Breeding and Purebred Dogs While Others in Shelters Die Because of Lack of Homes

For Immediate Release:
February 11, 2019

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

New York – Holding signs that proclaim, “Breeders Kill Shelter Dogs’ Chances,” a group of PETA supporters will stand behind a mound of dozens of “blood”-soaked “dead dogs” on Tuesday, the closing night of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

When:    Tuesday, February 12, 5:30 p.m.

Where:    Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plz., New York

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—is protesting the event for encouraging the breeding of purebred dogs when millions of homeless animals have to be euthanized in animal shelters every year. Large-scale breeding farms, puppy-mill brokers, auctioneers, and pet-store owners all cash in on the demand for purebred puppies, who are produced en masse after a Best in Show win.

“At a time when overrun animal shelters are prompting forward-thinking states such as California to ban the retail sale of dogs, the Westminster Kennel Club is still encouraging breeders to churn out litter after litter of purebred puppies,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA urges everyone who cares about animals to support their local animal shelter, skip the dog show, and never buy an animal from a pet store or breeder.”

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