Breeders Kill Shelter Dogs' Chances, Says Group
For Immediate Release:
February 7, 2014
David Perle 202-483-7382
New York – “Master Race? Wrong for People. Wrong for Dogs. Ban Breeding”—that’s PETA’s message to Westminster Dog Show organizers and the American Kennel Club, which continue to encourage breeding unhealthy purebred dogs while homeless animals die by the millions every year because of the companion animal overpopulation crisis.
When: Monday, February 10, 5 p.m.
Where: Outside Madison Square Garden, at the intersection of Seventh Avenue and W. 32nd Street, New York
For more information, please visit PETA.org.
“A fetish for ‘pure bloodlines’ and a disdain for ‘mixed breeds’ is a despicable attitude to have toward any living being,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “As millions of animals die in animal shelters every year for lack of good homes, it’s criminal to celebrate the breeders who contribute to this deadly overpopulation crisis.”
Why the ruckus? Dog pageants promote dog breeding and spur interest in “purebreds” while animal shelters overflow with mutts and purebred dogs whose lives literally depend on a second chance for a home. Breeding for appearances also wreaks havoc on animals’ health, as inbreeding causes painful and life-threatening genetic defects in purebred dogs.