Vegan Activists Storm Crufts Dog Show to Protest Against Extreme Dog Breeding


by Roxanne Libatique, Vegan News

Mar 13, 2019


Vegan activists from animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) stormed Crufts international dog show to protest against extreme dog breeding.


The vegan activists, holding signs saying “Crufts: Canine Eugenics,” stormed the world’s largest dog show just as the judges were announcing the “Best in Show” winner.


According to the animal rights organization, the protest “serves as a reminder that the dogs displayed at the event are bred by humans to have ridiculous, exaggerated physical features that can have devastating health consequences.”


“Breeders’ obsession with arbitrary physical characteristics causes dogs to suffer from painful and crippling genetic defects,” PETA Director Elisa Allen said in a statement.


“Crufts is a twisted celebration of genetically manipulated animals who have difficulty breathing or walking, and PETA encourages everyone who cares about dogs to steer clear of it.”


Recently, vegan activists from PETA — clad in lab coats to represent “evil scientists” while holding signs saying “Breeding Pedigree Dogs Is Mad Science” and “Crufts is a Frankenstein Show” — also stood in Birmingham’s city center to protest against Crufts.


“Through its obsession with ‘purity of breed’, Crufts glorifies canine eugenics, rewarding breeders for producing dogs with ‘ideal’ physical traits with little or no regard for their welfare,” said PETA.


“Breeding pedigree dogs in abnormal shapes and sizes leaves them genetically predisposed to suffering from epilepsy, heart disease, deafness, hip dysplasia, and numerous other health problems. Many bulldogs, pugs, Pekingese, and other brachycephalic (flat-faced) dogs can’t breathe well – let alone go for a walk or chase a ball without gasping for air – because of their unnaturally shortened airways.”


“The culture of breeding also has wider implications for canine welfare...


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