Westminster Best In Show Or Bad Breeding?
The reasoning, the breeds that are bred for show endure inhumane treatment, bad breeding, and health issues.
The BBC has already decided to pull their version of the Westminster, Crufts Dog Show, from the air. The BBC pulled Crufts after an expose was aired, "Pedigree Dogs Exposed," raising concerns over the health of dogs bred for the show ring.
In a letter to USA's president Bonnie Hammer, PETA founder and president Ingrid Newkirk writes, "Since dog breeders routinely use incestuous inbreeding and genetic manipulation...it's not surprising that as many as one in four purebred dogs is plagued with a serious genetic problem."
Beagles like last year's Westminster winner, Uno, are susceptible to a wide variety of genetic health problems like hypothyroidism, epilepsy and demodectic mange, according to PETA.
"Countless dogs suffer painful cosmetic surgeries and millions of wonderful dogs die in animal shelters because of the AKC's inhumane policies...USA Network can take a stand against the cruel treatment of animals simply by denying air time to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show," said PETA Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch.
Do you think the Westminster Dog Show is good television viewing, that PETA's questions about health and safety are unfounded? Or, do you think there is something to what they say and it should be pulled?