'Crufts is a freak show supporting everything wrong with dog breeding', says Peta

'Crufts is a freak show supporting everything wrong with dog breeding', says Peta

Security removed protestors from the event

Monday, March 12, 2018

Animal rights organisation Peta has slammed dog show Crufts as a "freak show" which celebrates "everything that is wrong with dog breeding."

Campaigners for animal rights, said to be from Peta, entered the Crufts arena as the top prize was about to be awarded in protest against "extreme breeding." Security wrestled them to the ground and they were removed from the show.

The director of Peta, Elisa Allen, told Mike Graham and Rachel Johnson: "One hates to use the word 'freaks', but that is what Crufts has become. It has become a freak show.

"It’s a beauty pageant and I think we can pretty much understand that that’s wrong."

Crufts is "a celebration of everything that is wrong with dog breeding it supports and promotes churning out dogs to look a particular way at the expense of their own health."

Mike pointed out that ending Crufts wouldn't stop the breeding of dogs but Allen said "we see people watching Crufts and they decide that they want to acquire one of these beautiful-looking dogs."

The breeding of certain kinds of dogs "just adds to this animal overpopulation crisis that we have found ourselves in."

She added: "We’re not here to win a popularity contest we are here to get these issues out there and debated and from that perspective this action [at Crufts] worked."

Listen to the full interview above

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