Earlier today, during the “toy breed” judging at Crufts, the world’s largest “pedigree” dog show, PETA supporters unfurled a massive banner in the arena with the message, “Breeding Flat-Faced Dogs Is Flat-Out Cruel”:
BREAKING: PETA crashes #Crufts with a massive banner saying “ – – ”.
The disruption started when the first pug was paraded around the arena during the “toy breed” competition. #CruftsCruelty pic.twitter.com/2LImRnq4zt
— PETA UK (@PETAUK) March 12, 2023
The disruption started when the first pug was paraded around the arena.
Flat-Faced Dogs Are Born to Suffer
The Kennel Club’s grotesque breed standards encourage the breeding of dogs with extreme features, including unnaturally flat faces, that lead to chronic health issues. Breathing-impaired breeds (BIBs), such as pugs, Pekingese, Cavalier King Charles spaniels, and French bulldogs, suffer from an uncomfortable, debilitating, and sometimes fatal condition called brachycephalic syndrome that leaves them struggling to run, walk, catch a ball, or even breathe.
A recent study by the Royal Veterinary College found that some of these breeds can no longer be classified as normal dogs due to their health irregularities.
The Kennel Club needs to get with the programme and stop promoting the breeding of dogs, especially those who can’t breathe, through its twisted canine beauty pageant.
Unethically Promoting Breeds During a Homeless-Animal Crisis
Crufts actively promotes not only extreme breeding practices but also the “winners” to viewers and attendees, encouraging the public to purchase particular breeds and fuelling the already catastrophic homeless-animal crisis.
PETA previously sent a letter to Kennel Club Chairman Tony Allcock OBE calling on the organisation to remove brachycephalic breeds from the competition – but Crufts’ damaging glorification of these miserable, deformed animals continues.
Adopt Dogs, Don’t Shop
Never buy dogs. Avoid unethical breeding practices by never buying a puppy from a breeder or pet shop and adopting a lovable, loyal dog from a shelter, instead.
Speak Out Against Crufts
Tell the Kennel Club to keep flat-faced breeds out of Crufts:
The RSPCA refuses to attend this grotesque event, and the BBC no longer airs it. Please urge Channel 4 to stop broadcasting Crufts, too: