Government of India: Prohibit Dog Shows
Intentionally breeding dogs for their looks while millions are on the streets and dying for lack of good homes? Kennel clubs just don't get it. Dog shows are organised to promote "purebred" dogs and to reinforce the stereotype that purebreds are better than Indian dogs. However, purebred dogs are already in trouble because of the genetic problems that plague many breeds as a result of inbreeding. Such shows only add to the demand for purebreds and thus encourage breeders to breed more and more dogs.
Dog shows themselves can also be a problem for purebred dogs. According to news reports, four dogs recently died at a dog show organised by Madras Canine Club when they were made to run in extreme heat in order to test their competitive skills.Breeding is encouraged for appearance matters that have nothing to do with the health of the dogs and sometimes affect it adversely. Pugs, for instance, notoriously have difficulty breathing because of their short snouts. "Pedigree" animals are also susceptible to medical problems that arise from inbreeding and that are costly to treat or even life-threatening. Many purebred dogs are prone to hip dysplasia, heart defects, respiratory problems, epilepsy, eye and ear infections, back pain and other ailments. Mixed-breed dogs, on the other hand, tend to be healthier and more even-tempered than their purebred cousins are.
Also, intentionally breeding dogs for their looks while millions are dying for lack of good homes on the streets and in animal shelters adds to the animal overpopulation crisis.
You Can HelpPETA India has asked the government of India to prohibit dog shows, but they have yet to do so. Please write to the Director of the Animal Welfare Division and tell him to prohibit cruel dog shows.
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