RSPCA quits Crufts over controversy surrounding “deformed” pedigree dogs
FROM THE TIMES (LONDON), Sept. 16:
“The RSPCA cut its links with Crufts yesterday as a leading charity warned the organizers of the dog show that they must act to prevent the breeding of ‘deformed and disabled’ animals.
“The BBC, which has broadcast the show for 40 years, is also thought to be on the verge of deciding whether to continue its coverage.
“The RSPCA’s decision to relinquish its stand at Crufts in March next year follows a BBC documentary, broadcast last month, that highlighted the genetic side-effects of intensive breeding programmes. Some unhealthy, inbred animals have won prizes at the show, the programme suggested.”
You can read the rest of story here at TIMESONLINE:
The above story was e-mailed to me this morning by my friend Pat Keeble of Martinez, CA:
This is BIG news in the British press tonight. Crufts is the world’s most prestigious dog show. Not only the RSPCA, but BBC and, according to the story, even Pedigree, the show’s main sponsor, are thinking of pulling out. BBC has been televising it for 40 years.
If Pedigree pulls out of Crufts, can it do any less for Westminster?
Pat Keeble, Martinez
We’ll find out about Westminster in February, 2009, won’t we.
What a mess. Possibly the end of the big-time dog show world as we once knew it. I pity the dogs. /Gary