‘Boycott Breeders or the Mutt Gets It’

Posted by on March 2, 2011 | Permalink

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.