Dog Show to Draw PETA Protesters

Group Will Reveal the Dark Side of Genetically Manipulating Purebreds: Life-Threatening Congenital Defects

For Immediate Release:
February 10, 2020

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

New York – Anyone near the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday will be met with a group of PETA protesters, who’ll display signs revealing how breeding dogs for a certain appearance causes painful and life-threatening congenital defects, like hip dysplasia (in German shepherds), brachycephalic syndrome (in pugs), and glaucoma (in beagles).

When:    Tuesday, February 11, 12 noon

Where:    Piers 92/94, 711 12th Ave., New York

“When millions of homeless animals pour into our nation’s shelters each year, it’s inhumane and irresponsible to keep breeding dogs for a certain look without regard for the consequences on their health and welfare,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA urges everyone who cares about animals to skip the dog pageant and support their local shelter instead.”

PETA notes that puppy mills, brokers, and auctioneers as well as pet-store owners all cash in on the demand for purebred puppies, who are bred and produced en masse after a Best in Show win. Meanwhile, at least 6 million dogs and cats end up in animal shelters every year—and as many as half must be euthanized, simply because there aren’t enough good homes for them.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit

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