Target: Rosemary Smart, Chief Executive of the Kennel Club
Goal: Stop promoting the unhealthy and inhumane breeding of dogs and cancel dog show that featured several unhealthy looking dogs this year.
The largest dog show in the world, Crufts, has come under fire for awarding a “deformed” German Shepherd with the “best of breed” title, thus condoning inhumane breeding practices. The dog, named Catoria, had an abnormally sloped back and a painful-looking limp. According to the RSPCA, “many other dogs at Crufts showed visible signs of poor health and/or discomfort,” namely the winner of the Toy group, a Pekinese who was “panting heavily and struggling to breathe.”
The Kennel Club, which organizes the event, states that its aim is to “look after the health and welfare of all dogs” and its motto reads: “making a difference for dogs,” yet it continues to promote dog shows where animals are treated as prized possessions, and rewards breeding practices which severely compromise their health and welfare.
There are far better ways to ensure dog welfare rather than encouraging their breeding when there are too many languishing in shelters already. Thus, Crufts not only endangers the health and welfare of dogs competing in the show, but also of dogs nationwide who are euthanized because of their sheer number. Sign this petition urging the Kennel Club to put an end to this harmful dog show and find a more humane way to promote dog welfare.
Dear Ms. Smart,
The Kennel Club is currently under fire for rewarding the owner of an unhealthy “deformed” German Shepherd named Catoria, who had an abnormally sloped back and a painful-looking limp. Other dogs in the competition reportedly also showed signs of poor health.
Promoting harmful and inhumane breeding and encouraging people to see dogs as prized possessions rather than the sentient beings they are goes directly against your motto of “making a difference for dogs” and your aim to “look after the health of welfare of all dogs.” Crufts not only endangers the health and welfare of dogs competing in the show, but by encouraging owners to keep breeding more dogs, it also results in the mass euthanasia of the countless dogs already languishing in shelters nationwide. We demand an end to the cruel Cufts dog show and urge the Kennel Club to find humane ways to promote dog welfare.
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