Thursday, January 8, 2009

Dog Show Fans to PETA: Leave Westminster ALONE!

One thing all dog owners can do is use the media to our advantage.  When online polls show up, go and VOTE!  The ARs do this all the time; now it's OUR TURN.  Things like polls and commenting on media forums may seem like a trivial thing, but John Q Public READS these things...and that's who we need to reach with our message.  Wherever the ARs show up spouting their lies, WE need to be there too, pointing out their lunatic agenda with facts and TRUTH.

There is a poll available on the L.A. Times site regarding PeTA's attack on USA Network and Westminster, plus this follow up article:

Back in December, the BBC  announced that it wouldn't air the Crufts dog show because of concerns over purebred dogs' health.  Earlier this week, we told you that PETA is asking the USA Network, which broadcasts the Westminster Dog Show every February, to follow the BBC's lead and discontinue coverage of America's most prestigious dog show.

We suspected a lot of you would take issue with PETA's premise: that breeding dogs for the show ring locks in genetic defects that, it argues, plague "as many as one in four purebred dogs ... with a serious genetic problem."  But we were surprised by just how vocal you were:

More than 300 of you have commented on the story so far.  Some of you agreed with PETA. Christine said, "I think it would be great if the USA Network dropped this show. Let's do a special on the USA Network about all the adorable shelter dogs available!" And Carl S chimed in, "PETA is spot on. The AKC is about money and human arrogance, not about what's in the best interest of dogs."

Most of you, though, said the show must go on. "It is a total misconception that mixed breeds are more healthy than purebreds. Responsible breeders routinely screen for health problems. A mixed breed dog has no such testing and can inherit problems from many ancestors," said Janet. And Purebred dog lover mused, "We are now in an era with the animal rightists trying to destroy and discredit breeders of purebred dogs. It must be duly noted that there are no health statistics kept on mixed breeds, just on purebred dogs. Who knows how many mixed breeds die of disease or breed problems gotten genetically from their mixed parentage?"

Do you agree with PETA that the USA Network should refrain from airing Westminster?

Yes -- breeding dogs for the show ring is unethical and shouldn't be supported

No -- dog breeders promote responsible pet ownership and dog shows are fun to watch

Don't know
Don't sit there and do nothing!  Cross-post this message and GO VOTE at the poll!  As of this moment, Thursday, January 8, 2:05 pm. cst, WE ARE AHEAD in the poll...87% to 13% !!!  Let's make it a BIGGER LEAD! 


  1. If there is one comfort about the present economic crisis, it is that PETA's income ought to suffer as much as anything else, because there will be so little money for charity. If we're REALLY lucky, PETA might
    implode of poverty and go out of business.

    Roberta, New York

  2. Here's a great article about the response PETA got to their "support" of the broadcasting company that produced that documentary.
    I laughed through the whole thing.

  3. The breeders that breed pure breed dogs are not at all responsible for all the uncared for animals the people that just let pets run loose and breed anytime are the big problem