The AKC has booted Pedigree brand dog food as a sponsor for their famed Westminster Dog Show. Why? Because Pedigree’s enormously successful ads promote shelter dog adoption, and the AKC is of course about buying high-priced purebreds from breeders, not adopting and rescuing homeless dogs.
The Best Friends Animal Society blog notes:
Westminster Kennel Club is sanctioned by the American Kennel Club. Their decision to distance from the reality of shelter animals is right in line with the AKC’s staunch support of puppy mills. They can be counted on to oppose any progressive legislation anywhere that seeks to curb the abuses of puppy mills because the AKC makes its money by registering purebred dogs regardless of their health, the conditions under which they were bred, or any consideration whatsoever for the well-being of the dogs. The AKC makes big bucks from puppy mills and the pet trade. They couldn’t care less that millions of dogs, many from AKC-registered breeders, are dying in our nation’s shelters.
The Pedigree ads were the one redeeming feature to a show that otherwise mainly drives the pet trade. Too bad.
Westminster to Roscoe: “Go to hell.”