Activist Flies the Flag for Mutts at Crufts ‘Best in Show’!

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For every dog you see paraded around at Crufts, there’s a story you don’t see – the chronic, painful health problems that pedigrees often endure from generations of inbreeding and being bred for unnatural, exaggerated characteristics.

Someone has to raise their voice for these dogs – and as judges announced the “Best in Show” winner at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre, one gutsy activist did just that! Student Luke astounded the crowd by leaping onto the show floor and displaying a sign reading, “Mutts Against Crufts”.

Luke was escorted from the building by security – but not before he had made sure that everyone in the packed auditorium understood the toll that “breedism” takes on dogs.

Mutts against Crufts!

Many bulldogs, pugs, Pekingese and other brachycephalic (flat-faced) dogs cannot even breathe properly – let alone go for a walk or chase a ball without gasping for air – because of their unnaturally shortened airways. Almost all pedigree dogs suffer from abnormally high rates of disease and have much shorter life spans than their mixed-breed cousins do.

Breeders and breed lovers who purport to care about dogs need to consider the effects of their actions and recognise that it’s the animals who pay – often, the ultimate price – for their frivolous pursuit. What’s more, as breeders continue to churn out litter after litter of pedigree puppies, thousands of charming, healthy mutts are desperately waiting for loving homes in shelters across the country.

Please don’t buy into breedism – boycott Crufts, and urge Channel 4 to follow the example of the BBC by refusing to broadcast next year’s show.

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  • Annie Calavritinos commented on March 9, 2015 at 12:16 am

    this is the first I’ve ever heard about this.. Terrible..

  • Ria Dubrow commented on March 9, 2015 at 12:31 am

    Adopt, don’t buy from breeders!

  • Laura Genovese commented on March 9, 2015 at 12:40 am

    It’s about time

  • Annette Bowden commented on March 9, 2015 at 12:58 am

    as a professional dog trainer, Delta CGC. working as an animal attendant at one of the largest dog /cat shelters in QLD Australia and now working part time as Animal Management, which works with a pound with a 100% no kill, all animals are surrendered to the shelter for adoption, i strongly disagree with the treatment of “pedigree”dogs. I have been to the shows and observed off site the way the dogs are treated, removed from socialization till the show, back handed when walking out of line, starved until they finish the parade, then the breeding. And I know what they chuck out because i have seen it first hand, and if not for money for what? pride? ego? something to do with their lives? I never got it and never will. Good on the guy taking a stand….I would have

  • gwen Bruner commented on March 9, 2015 at 1:00 am

    PETA is one of the worst, they kill puppy’s kittens! Do not give them a dime!!!!

  • Jerica anne commented on March 9, 2015 at 1:24 am

    boycott Crufts! Always Adopt friends

  • Charlotte L Cohen commented on March 9, 2015 at 1:34 am

    Adopt, don’t shop. Please do not support animal abuse… ;(,,,,,

  • Savannah commented on March 9, 2015 at 1:42 am

    I hope that dogs one day are not a prized possession for a show, and rather a loving companion in a world where all dogs recieve a home, no matter their breed.

  • Norma Ortiz commented on March 9, 2015 at 1:59 am


  • Marilyn Haines commented on March 9, 2015 at 2:33 am

    Would it be natural to inbreed men and women with women, God did not make it that way – PEOPLE SHOULD NOT

  • Brandon Kotecki commented on March 9, 2015 at 2:45 am

    The show promotes breeding and should not be promoted

  • zara chaudhri commented on March 9, 2015 at 3:15 am


  • shel block commented on March 9, 2015 at 3:32 am

    YOU ROCK, LUKE! wish there were more like you.

  • Tristan murdoch commented on March 9, 2015 at 4:17 am

    Please don’t buy into breedism

  • Jocelyn Newman commented on March 9, 2015 at 7:47 am

    I agree that Channel 4 should refuse to cover Crufts dog show next year..

  • Gemma-Louise Quinton commented on March 9, 2015 at 8:23 am

    On the one hand, I agree that this show is wrong: treating dogs as a means of profit & as a trophy, over breeding them causing many health concerns & premature life expectancy & having more breeding dogs while hundreds & thousands of poor dogs live & die in shelters. My arguement against this is that, if a protestor desires to be taken seriously, they must act that way. Amateur tantrums in the middle of shows will not earn enough respect for people to pay attention.

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