Crufts is an international dog show that calls itself “The World’s Greatest Dog Show.” PETA is calling out this annual UK dog event as actually being the world’s cruelest dog show and demanding Channel 4 to drop it from the TV schedule.
PETA has had many campaigns about this horrible dog show which they’ve called a “grotesque charade” that has an “obsession with ‘purity of breed’”.
Source: Guardian News/YouTube
Crufts promotes the horrible dog-breeding industry and feeds into the idea that purebred dogs are more worthy than other mixed mutt pups. Their restrictions on looks and only purebred dogs promote overbreeding in puppy mills.
These shows encourage people to buy purebred dogs because they think that they are “better” than a mixed mutt at the shelter. People watch these dog shows and feel that they need to get a purebred dog. Many breeders see an increase in demand for a certain breed when that animal wins a contest like this.
Any time there is an increase in the market for a specific breed, puppy mills and troublesome breeders jump at the opportunity to make a quick buck and mass breed these dogs. Animal lovers are demanding that Channel 4 cut Crufts from the schedule.
Source: The Humane Society of the United States/YouTube
The show initially aired on BBC until a broadcaster led an investigation into how the dogs suffer genetic diseases after years and years of inbreeding for the event. BBC then dropped the dog show in 2008. The RSPCA also does not attend the event anymore and has withdrawn its support.
The show is now aired on Channel 4 and More4, and PETA is calling for the executives to “act in animals’ best interests and stop giving airtime” to Crufts.
The PETA petition can be signed here and says, “With its obsession with ‘purity of breed,’ Crufts popularises grossly exaggerated features in animals and awards prizes to dogs whose physical abnormalities make it impossible for them to lead a happy life – pugs with pushed -in faces who can barely breathe, Cavalier King Charles spaniels whose brains are too big for their skulls and bulldogs who can’t even mate without assistance, to name just a few examples.”
“The culture of breeding also has wider implications for canine welfare. While breeders fetch thousands of pounds for ailing pedigree puppies, thousands of healthy, adoptable dogs in animal shelters are denied their chance at a loving home.”
Far too often, animals are exploited for fame or entertainment. This cruel dog show should not be given a space on any network, and people need to know the actual costs of mass breeding dogs. Sign this petition to stop Crufts dog show!
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