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Have PETA's mad-dog tactics gone too far?

Feb 17, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

As you’ve probably heard, PETA crashed the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday, proving once again that if you want to get your message out you need to be the biggest bitches in the room. Whether you agree with them or not, you’ll have to admit that the animal rights group knows a thing or two about grabbing headlines. For example, here’s one from today’s Atlanta Journal Constitution: Scottie Sadie wins Westminster after PETA protest. To the right here is one of the two protesters who interrupted Tuesday’s proceedings just as the champion was about to be named and Snausages distributed to the runners-up. The two women were hauled off and charged with criminal trespass, forced to watch Turner and Hooch on an endless loop as they waited to be processed.

PETA decided to up the ante from last year’s protest, in which members dressed in Ku Klux Klan robes. That made perfect sense to PETA spokesman Michael McGraw, who explained the Feb., 2009 protest outside of Madison Square Garden thusly: “The American Kennel Club is trying to create a master race when it comes to pure-bred dogs. It’s a very apt comparison.”
This year’s protest made a little more sense, as a guy dressed as the Grim Reaper stalked outside of the Garden. From The PETA Files:

The Westminster Dog Show aggravates the already dire animal overpopulation crisis and contributes to the deaths of homeless animals by encouraging people to buy purebred dogs from breeders and pet stores.

This year, dedicated PETA supporters gathered outside the dog show to tell passersby that Madison Square Garden should be the final resting place for Westminster–and that keeping shelter dogs out of early graves is as easy as choosing to adopt from a worthy rescue group rather than buying from a breeder.

Commenter on the PETA Files site:

AKC = puppy mills!

I don’t know: without dog shows, we never would have had this. Is there some way we can keep the purebred dogs and just get rid of their owners?
Scottie Sadie wins Westminster after PETA protest [Atlanta Journal Constitution]
Ditch the dog graveyard [The PETA Files]

  1. BC - Feb 17, 2010 at 11:16 AM

    These PETA folks are insane. The dogs in the show get treated better than most children.

  2. DPK - Feb 17, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    PETA really stands for:
    P eople
    E ating
    T asty
    A nimals
    LOL….just joking….all in all, I do not think it was right of PETA to crash the show, they could have made their views and opinions elsewhere and not be disrespectful. It’s not like the people participating in the dog show are treating their animals with cruelty

  3. moreflagsmorefun - Feb 17, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    I’m not a member of Peta but those girls do kick ass and get their
    message out, I hope North Face uses Faux otherwise…. ah forget that last line.

  4. Jacks - Feb 17, 2010 at 5:44 PM

    I was a spectator at the AKC show and saw the PETA protesters with my own eyes. I am also an animal lover/ advocate however I believe the PETA could have presented their message in a different, tactful and appropriate way.
    Prior to the protest Pedigree commercials emphasized the importance of adopting ALL dogs, mutts

  5. yellowcamaro - Oct 20, 2010 at 1:30 AM

    They have a lot of nerve talking about sending shelter pets to early graves, considering that they euthanize thousands of perfectly adoptable animals at their headquarters in Virginia.
    I suppose they want domestic dogs to die off, then, if breeding them is so evil. If dogs stop reproducing, there won’t BE any dogs within 20 years.