Paris Hilton Blasted as ‘Puppy Pimp’ for Breeders After Posing With $8K Pup While Shelter Dogs Die

Here She Goes Again! PETA Billboard Calls Out 'Miserable, Selfish, Heiress' for Contributing Once More to the Homeless-Animal Crisis

For Immediate Release:
October 18, 2016

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Los AngelesParis Hilton has spent thousands of dollars on “designer” dogs, and after her latest press pose with a puppy who reportedly cost $8,000, PETA isn’t holding back. After privately reaching out to Hilton on two separate occasions to educate her on the dangers of supporting the cruel breeding industry, the group plans to run a billboard in Hilton’s hometown of Los Angeles that shows the hotel heiress and a Chihuahua next to the words “When Paris the Puppy Pimp Buys, a Shelter Dog Dies. Adopt, Say No to Breeders.”

“Millions of dogs are dying in U.S. animal shelters, but Paris Hilton doesn’t seem to care,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA’s message is that this breeder pimp needs to be stopped in her tracks because breeders kill shelter dogs’ chances.”

More than 6 million unwanted cats and dogs enter U.S. animal shelters every year, and roughly half are euthanized because there simply aren’t enough good homes for them. Buying a dog from a breeder or pet store contributes to this homeless-animal overpopulation crisis and props up the cruel puppy mill industry, in which mother dogs are used like equipment on assembly lines—locked in filthy cages, denied veterinary care, and impregnated over and over again, even incestuously.

While Hilton continues to tout breeders’ live merchandise, many compassionate celebrities—including Tom Hardy, Joanna Krupa, Kellan Lutz, Jhené Aiko, Audrina Patridge, and many more—have teamed up with PETA (whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”) to promote adoption.

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 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