Protesters at Dog Show: ‘You Buy, a Dog in a Shelter Dies’

PETA Will Challenge Breeders With Posters of Real-Life Homeless Dogs

For Immediate Release:
February 13, 2017

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

New YorkWhat:    PETA protesters will surround the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday with giant posters featuring the names and faces of dogs currently in animal shelters, each one proclaiming, “You Buy, He/She Dies.” The show encourages the breeding of unhealthy purebred dogs, even though more than 6 million homeless animals end up in shelters every year—half of whom are euthanized for lack of good homes.

When:    Tuesday, February 14, 12 noon sharp

Where:    Piers 92/94, 711 12th Ave. (near the intersection of 55th Street and West Side Highway), New York

“The Westminster Kennel Club encourages the inbreeding of dogs for appearances’ sake and makes a mockery out of the homeless-animal overpopulation crisis,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA is asking people to skip the dog show and, when they’re ready to make a lifelong commitment, adopt a dog from their local animal shelter.”

PETA, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way,” encourages people to avoid dog pageants, which promote the breeding and buying of purebred dogs while animal shelters overflow with mutts and purebreds alike. Breeding for a certain look also wreaks havoc on animals’ health, as it causes painful and life-threatening congenital defects.

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