‘Boycott Breeders or the Mutt Gets It’

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With Crufts starting in just a few short days, we’ve had an illuminated bus shelter ad placed in Birmingham’s city centre, which won’t have dog breeders wagging their tails. The ad shows a small dog cowering under the barrel of a gun and reads, “Boycott Breeders or the Mutt Gets It. Don’t Kill Shelter Dogs’ Chances. Adopt. Never Buy”.

The point of our ad? That when people buy a dog or a cat from a breeder, they rob animals in shelters of the chance at a loving home … and the breeder pockets the lucre and goes on to breed even more dogs.

Dog shows only encourage people to buy dogs from breeders instead of adopting perfectly healthy, loving dogs who are languishing in shelters. The Kennel Club alone registers more than 270,000 dogs per year, and there are thousands more bred by unregistered breeders each year as well. At the same time, a staggering number of stray and abandoned dogs are picked up off UK streets by local authorities – more than 100,000 between 2008 and 2009 – and that doesn’t include those abandoned at animal shelters.

Each year, thousands of lonely, adoptable dogs are killed in UK animal shelters because there are not enough good homes and because breeders continue to churn out more puppies to sell. Please help to fight the problem of animal homelessness by boycotting breeders and sharing this light-hearted but hard-hitting video with your friends.


  • Brien Comerford commented on March 5, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Cats, dogs and other companion animals in shelters have the potential to be a person or family’s best friend.

  • Denise commented on March 5, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    All dogs and cats should be neutered and micro chipped by law. Anyone wishing to breed showed pay a hefty fee for a breeder’s licence. We need politcal action. The shelters can’t cope with the influx. I have written twice to Jeremy Corbyn MP but he can’t be bothered to reply. Why isn’t the DOG’s Trust, RSPCA etc getting together and starting a politcal campaign?

    • Liv Kaged commented on March 7, 2013 at 4:35 pm

      I don’t think Dog’s Trust would ever work with the RSPCA. They disapprove of them hugely, RSPCA are well known and admit to putting down their animals in their care given a month without a fresh home. Dog’s Trust keep their animals for years and years, some dogs they know won’t ever be safe to rehome and never put them down unless their terminal ill.

      For a political campaign your best off speaking to Animal Aid. They do campaigns to enforce more animal protection laws. They’re forever writing to MPs. Personally their the best ones to improve dog breeding laws.

  • Fresia commented on March 16, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    I would like to ask, why does the Kennel Club still existing? the don’t care about animals the care about their painful breeding, there are more healthy animals in the shelter and also beautiful than in that red carpet of deformation. I also think that the DOG’s Trust, RSPCA, and other ents should get together and stop once and for all this kind of cruelty that don’t count as animal cruelty.

  • Tilly commented on March 19, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    animal shelters are not full because of crufts and kennel club breeders, they are full because people breed their own dogs without having any sense of responsibility! Dogs that end up being sold online or given away inevitably end up in animal shelters and have been brought up wrong, meaning they have problems with strangers, recourses or in many cases other dogs-making them dangerous to be rehomed. If all the focus out on crufts was shifted to back street breeding and educating the general public about their staffordshire bull terriers that are being so over bread then animal shelters would be taking less of these animals through their doors. Of course people should look to animal shelters when they want to rehome a dog, or cat for that matter, but without changing societies view on back street breeding and stopping these idiots over breeding, then animal shelters will remain full!

  • Emily commented on March 5, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Plus on average shelter dogs and cats are healthier.

  • Hodson commented on March 12, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    Any dog or cat has the potential to be man’s best friend. Pedigree breeders take great pains to breed the correct dog ( with health checks..do these mongrels have these before breeding?)with a suitable bitch, rear bitch and pups carefully and find the very best homes with lots of support. The bitch may well be retired after one litter and continue to live her life as a much loved family pet. How many dogs/cats etc do the RSPCA put down each year? Yet they are one of the richest societies going! The BBC will pander to any group that seems of left leaning and much of the anti pedigree dog does seem to be , at least in part, a result of ignorance and some inverted snobbery.

  • Just saying commented on March 13, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    I agree that Kennel club breed standards in a lot of cases are damaging to many breeds however, I just wanted to point out that if we neuter every single dog, will we not end up with no dogs at all? Just a thought? I am a dog groomer and am inundated with ‘designer dogs’ whereby people mix two breeds, make up a cute name and sell the puppies for a ridiculous amount of money. They give no clear instruction on how to look after the dog once they sell it and I think that in itself leads to a large percentage of shelter dogs too.

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