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PETA: No air time for Westminster, please!

Animal rights campaign group PETA are appealing to American TV channel, USA Network, not to give any air time to Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show which is to be held in New York this February.

The rally follows the controversy caused by the BBC documentary Pedigree Dogs Exposed in 2008, which highlighted genetic defects in some dog breeds. PETA are campaigning for the USA Network to follow the example set by the BBC who last month announced that it will not be covering Crufts Dog Show this year.

In a letter to USA Network’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.’

PETA Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch also added: ‘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.’

Westminster KC Dog Show is the American equivalent of the UK’s Crufts Dog Show and will be held from 9th to 10th February 2009 in New York.

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peta and the hsus do not want us owning any animal.
wayne purcell, chairman of hsus said he does not care if all domestic animals are gone from planet earth.
we need organizations that help pets and their owners.
i, for one, look forward to Westminster each year, and if i can't attend the event, then i watch it on USA channel.


I have no use for Peta at all. When I receive mail from them I just refuse to accept and send back. They have to pay the postage. It is a mirth that mongrels are healthier than pedigrees.
Peta needs to have their accounts scutinized. 
USA are airing the Westminster dog show and ignoring Peta.  A big thankyou to USA Network.

Carole L Smith

PETA serves a purpose but they don't become fully informed on many sujects. Instead they are mostly a reactionary group that inflates perceived problems. Most breeders and dog lovers are doing right by their animals. The big dog shows are the culmination of months and years of love and work to breed the best dogs possible.Careful line breeding produces a more uniform animal.Careful breeding programs exclude genetic carriers from passing on the trait. Random genetic defects occur in all animals including humans and are not a result of 'incestous' relations! Backyard breeders who don't carefully follow tried and true breeding methods are probably the most guilty of breeding inferior animals.It is a shame that PETA wants to hurt the ethical breeders who make it to this caliber of show. My family has always enjoyed watching Westminster to see all of the well cared for dogs and interesting breeds that we wouldn't see or know about otherwise! Too many unwanted pets in the animal shelters has NOTHING to do with dog shows. That is ignorance at it's worst.People get animals for the wrong reasons,don't find out in advance about breed characteristics or ignore them because they find the animals physically appealing,don't train them and even 'try out' an animal while thinking that they will 'just get rid of it' if it doesn't work out. Humans are far from perfect but stopping others from watching a dog show WON'T stop these problems! I have seen telvised dog shows where they have educational inserts. This would be a MUCH better thing to do. PETA could work with the people who put on the show to include things such as spay/neuter for all but serious breeders and training to prevent problems BEFORE they start. These are just a couple of examples of endless poosibilities that could have a positive effect on many animals quality of life.