PETA Statement: Kendrick Perkins Is a Big-League Animal Exploiter

For Immediate Release:
July 25, 2022

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Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Below, please find a statement from PETA Senior Vice President of Cruelty Investigations Daphna Nachminovitch in response to Kendrick Perkins’ French bulldog–breeding operation:

While the world is waking up to the suffering that flat-faced breathing-impaired breeds endure, gasping and panting, their airways too abnormally tiny to cope with their needs—one recent study even concluded that they no longer can be classified as ‘normal dogs’—Kendrick Perkins is churning out more of these deformed dogs, simply to turn a buck. As millions of dogs stare homelessness in the face right now, PETA is urging Perkins to find his moral compass and get out of the breeding business that robs dogs in shelters of a chance to find a home and produces wheezing ‘designer’ dogs.

Only an estimated 10% of the approximately 70 million dogs and cats who are homeless in the U.S. at any given time end up in animal shelters. The rest are turned out onto the street or into the woods or desert. Breeders contribute to this crisis, and many “purebred” dogs—created by people like Perkins—face painful and life-threatening congenital breed-specific defects. A recent court ruling in Norway established a precedent for the recognition that flat-faced breeds suffer severely and should no longer be bred.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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