Stop Promoting Inhumane Breeding at Dog Show

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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  1. These are so sly liars. Please do NOT breed anymore pets. Thousands are killed each DAY in shelters!!Stop making a profit of animal suffering!!! Each and every member of every kennel club across America should be ashamed. If you really love animals and as you say have their best I test at heart then STOP the breeding for gods sake you greedy bastards!

  2. Teresa DePaula says:

    All of the people WHO breed any animal over & over =Evil Cruel Folks and the same for those who buy & support cruelty to God’s animals. They will Live their eternal life in Hell = living their worse nightmares over & over OR Reincarnated as a Tortured Raped Animal or a Tortured Raped Child!! Please stop showing dogs & promoting breeding & dog suffering. If These EVIL people want to spend eternal life in Heaven = reliving beautiful dreams over & over; then they MUST Stop PROFITING off cruelty to innocent animals; they must STOP supporting mass killings of dogs via shelters or cruel puppy mills!

  3. Breeding and buying a dog just for show is no better than animal abuse. It’s making the dog into a profitable commodity–a thing to be bought and sold and exploited. It’s different from the dog meat trade and circuses only in the degree and variation of suffering it causes; the spirit of exploitation is the same. These dog show snobs should find themselves some constructive hobbies instead.


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