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  • Feb
  • 11

There Are No Winners at Westminster

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After hours of being preened, paraded, posed and prodded by judges, one dog will be declared “Best in Show” at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show this month. But make no mistake—there are no “winners” in the appearance-obsessed world of dog breeding. The American Kennel Club’s (AKC) “breed standards”—against which dogs at Westminster are judged—call […]

  • Feb
  • 12

Dogs are dogs, not dolls

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For the first time, dogs of diverse lineage had their day at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Perhaps prompted by the growing number of people who adopt lovable “Heinz 57s” instead of buying “purebreds,” Westminster allowed mutts to compete in its agility competition this year. It’s a nod to society’s newly raised consciousness about […]

  • Mar
  • 13

Making dogs suffer for ‘beauty’

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Making dogs suffer for 'beauty'

Dogs love us regardless of how we look. They don’t care if we have big feet, frizzy hair or an oddly-shaped nose. Whether we’re dressed to the nines or we’ve just rolled out of bed, dogs are always happy to see us. Shamefully, humans have failed to extend the same kindness to them. We’ve imposed […]

  • Feb
  • 28

Best of PETA Prime: Does Westminster Promote Doggie Defects?

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The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and other dog shows are simply overblown beauty pageants. I know because I’ve been to dog shows–many of them. I’ve lost count of the shows I was trundled off to when my dad was showing our family’s Great Pyrenees in obedience trials. She earned her Companion Dog (CD) certification […]

  • Jan
  • 18

Myths About Pet Stores and Breeders

Posted by at 5:36 AM | Permalink | Comments (9)

Each year, millions of lost and unwanted dogs and cats end up at animal shelters across the U.S. Half of those animals must be euthanized because of simple math: There are too many animals and not enough good homes. This overpopulation crisis is a national disgrace. While I take some comfort in knowing that animal […]

  • Oct
  • 7

Excuses, Laws, and Homeless Cats

Posted by at 5:22 AM | Permalink | Comments (18)

What is the most annoying excuse you’ve been handed from somebody who refuses to spay or neuter their cat? Is it “Oh, I know I can find homes for all the kittens” or perhaps “My kids need to see the miracle of birth”? Is it “I can’t afford it” (from a person who buys large […]

  • May
  • 30

The Vegan Grandmother: Always Adopt, Never Buy

Posted by at 5:26 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)

As an animal advocate, I am always talking to people about the importance of going to an animal shelter when you want to add an animal companion to your family. And I am so very, very gratified when I hear back from people who have successfully adopted their perfect companion. It seems that everyone I […]

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