PETA Members Protest Westminster Dog Show Dressed as KKK
Quite shocking in my opinion. I’m not sure hate crimes against African Americans and breeding dogs are comparable at all. You can check the rest of the article here.
True to the promise it made last week, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals turned out at Madison Square Garden today to protest the 133rd annual Westminster dog show.
Group members, decked out in Klansman robes and armed with brochures that read “The KKK and the AKC: BFF?“, argued that purebred dogs suffer from breeding practices designed to produce show winners rather than healthy animals. A sample statement from the brochure (written in the first person as if by a Klan member):
Like the Klan, dog breeders who subscribe to the AKC standards are all about the sanctity of “pure bloodlines.” So what if beagles have epileptic seizures, Dalmatians are deaf, and pugs can barely breathe because of how they are purposely bred to look a certain way? Looks are everything!
In a statement, PETA Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch referred to what she termed the AKC’s “fetish for body image,” saying that the kennel club’s promotion of purebreds “means money for breeders but creates sick dogs and vet bills for their guardians.”
Further, PETA and other animal activist groups argue that dog breeding compounds the issue of pet overpopulation, with homeless dogs dying in shelters for lack of homes while breeders continue to produce new puppies. The brochure handed out by hooded protesters today elaborated on the connection PETA draws between pet overpopulation and dog breeding:
We tip our hoods to breeders who are responsible (oh, they’ll modestly say that it’s only “indirectly”) for the number of mixed-breed dogs who never make it out of the animal shelter alive. AKC officials don’t rub out these “inferiors” directly, but they know that every “purebred” puppy bought from a breeder means “lights out” for another mutt at the animal shelter.
article latimes.com | photo Mary Altaffer/AP