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Activists smash Crufts’ ‘Best in Show’ to protest extreme dog breeding

In an action organized by PETA, two Vegan Strike Group activists stormed the floor at tonight’s Crufts dog show, just as the judges announced the winner of ‘Best in Show’. Holding up posters reading “Crufts: Canine Eugenics,” protesters pointed to the suffering of dogs bred by humans for having grossly exaggerated features — all to meet Kennel Club “breed standards.”

Through his obsession with “breed purity,” Crufts glorifies canine eugenics, rewarding breeders for producing dogs with “ideal” physical traits with little or no regard for their welfare. This extreme husbandry puts the animals at high risk of suffering from a frightening array of painful diseases, birth defects and congenital health issues.

Dachshunds, for example, are specifically bred to have long “stretched” spines, which often leads them to develop disc disease or other back problems. Cavalier King Charles spaniels are genetically engineered to have nearly flat-topped skulls, and more than a third of them suffer from a distressing condition called syringomyelia because their skulls are too small for their brains. Afflicted dogs often cry out in agony, scratch raw, and gradually become weaker until they can barely walk. Some become paralyzed. The “pushed” faces of English bulldogs and pugs make their breathing so labored that many can’t even enjoy activities the dogs love, like chasing a ball or walking around, without struggling to breathe.

The breeding culture also has wider implications for canine welfare. Because breeders produce litter after litter of unhealthy breed puppies, thousands of healthy adoptable dogs in animal shelters are being denied their chance at loving homes.

what you can do

Even though the RSPCA has publicly condemned Crufts, Channel 4 continues to broadcast this farcical charade. Please send a message to the channel’s general manager, Alex Mahon, urging him to remove the show from our television screens.

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