PETA Protests at the Westminster Dog Show 2012
First, though, the winner of Best in Show was the Toy Group winner, a Pekingese: Ch Palacegarden Malachy. My house mate, Lyn, was pleased with the decision, and apparently she knows the owner of the Peke. Lyn said the dog was very deserving of the win, and since Lyn is the professional in this household, I will take her word for it. Personally, I thought Malachy looked like an alien. I was rooting for the Dobie. Now, on to the protests, both Dogs against Romney and the PETA women who barged into the show ring with signs….
Inside of Madison Square Gardens, a woman charged down the aisle carrying a sign in protest to pedigree breeding. Viewers state that she was affiliated with PETA. PETA has voiced their opposition to pedigree breeding stating that the dog-breeding industry kills shelter dogs’ chances – which is a crock of doggie doo-doo. I will not go into any detail now as this is a topic for an entire post… or two… or three…. In a nutshell, PETA has helped raise awareness and prevent cruelty for many animals, but most of the time, they are barking up the wrong tree. I do not care for their radical tactics and feel they harm more than they help many causes. Plus they often spoon feed their followers exaggerated or completely false facts.
Here is the only footage I can find. Watch in the upper right corner and you can see someone rushing down the stairs followed by men in suits.
UPDATE: Earlier I erred in posting two videos from 2010 showing PETA protesters entering the ring. I do apologize. I was still waking up and on my first cup of coffee. This error has been corrected. I would still like to show some raw footage from the two women who entered the ring in 2010. I am still unable to find news confirmation that the woman rushing down the stairs last night was affiliated with PETA, but several viewers who saw the incident state she was. Unfortunately for me, when this happened last night when I was taking a bathroom break. Figures….
Outside and in front of Madison Square Gardens, several demonstrators gathered and protested against Mitt Romneyand his very unwise decision of traveling for twelve hours with his family dog, Seamus, in a crate on top of the vehicle. Protest spokeswoman Kitty Hendrix said the Dogs Against Romney website that organized the demonstration has about 25,000 members. The protesters held signs that said “Mitt is Mean” and “Dogs Aren’t Luggage” and “I Ride Inside.”
The Westminster Kennel Club event is the most prestigious dog show in America and draws 2,000 entries. Hendrix said her group didn’t want to interrupt Westminster. “We’re just using this as a backdrop,” she said.
A Westminster Food for Thought…. I wonder if the dogs believe they are showing their handlers?
And for those considering buying or adopting a dog, please keep this in mind…