From ‘The Old Bulldog’ to ‘The Old Mutt’: PETA Proposes Name Change for Local Pub

From ‘The Old Bulldog’ to ‘The Old Mutt’: PETA Proposes Name Change for Local Pub

Stoke-on-Trent – Because promoting breathing-impaired breeds (BIB) of dog normalises their suffering from numerous respiratory ailments, PETA sent a letter to The Old Bulldog urging the pub to change its name to “The Old Mutt” and offering to contribute to the costs of a new sign and assist in the creation of an adorable mutt-focused design. PETA explained that flat-faced breeds are susceptible to severe health problems, including brachycephalic syndrome, because their snouts are pushed unnaturally far back against their skulls and that the problems associated with this deformity are a leading cause of death for bulldogs.

“Unlike bulldogs and other flat-faced breeds, one-of-a-kind mixed-breed dogs are typically healthier and usually live longer than their pedigree cousins,” says PETA Vice President Elisa Allen. “PETA is encouraging The Old Bulldog to become ‘The Old Mutt’ to win the praise of caring Stokies and help convince everyone to stop buying or breeding dogs with horrific, life-threatening deformities.”

BIBs are bred for a particular look, resulting in drastically shortened airways that cause an array of painful and distressing symptoms – including laboured breathing, snorting, gagging, and collapsing – and make dogs more susceptible to vomiting, exercise intolerance, heatstroke, and premature death. Restrictions have been imposed on breeding BIBs in several European countries. The Netherlands, which banned breeding flat-faced dogs in 2014, is now preparing to ban ownership of these animals and their use in advertising to address the cruelty of breeding dogs with unnatural features that cause them severe health problems.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.


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