Photos: ‘Dogs’ Protest Crufts With Most Inbred And 1st For Deformities Awards
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PHOTOS: ‘DOGS’ PROTEST CRUFTS WITH MOST INBRED AND 1st FOR DEFORMITIES AWARDS
PETA Highlights Breeders’ Cruelty to Dogs
In the run-up to the world’s largest dog show, four PETA members in dog masks gathered in Birmingham with signs proclaiming, “1st for Deformities”, “Most Breathing Problems”, and “Most Inbred” – all reminders that the dogs displayed at Crufts are bred for exaggerated physical characteristics that can have devastating and fatal health consequences.
“Dogs are suffering and dying because breeders have a fetish for ‘pure’ bloodlines and disfigured dogs”, says PETA Director Mimi Bekhechi. “PETA is reminding would-be viewers of this twisted canine beauty pageant that many of these inbred animals suffer from debilitating hereditary and congenital defects.”
As documented by PETA, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”, many bulldogs, pugs, Pekingese and other brachycephalic (flat-faced) dogs have breathing difficulties because of their unnaturally shortened airways. Other “pedigree” dogs suffer from genetic predispositions to epilepsy, heart disease, deafness, hip dysplasia and many other health problems.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.