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Without further ado… I’m very pleased to share this brief article. It does my heart good when people share the truth about PETA, and this shares with with wonderful gusto.
The makers of Pedigree Dogs Exposed, the BBC documentary film that led to
the BBC withdrawing from televising Crufts Dog Show in the UK are furious
with PETA for jumping on the film’s bandwagon.
Earlier this week, PETA called for the US networks to stop televising
Westminster Dog Show, citing the BBC film as evidence of unacceptable
deformity and disease in pedigree dogs.
Pedigree Dogs Exposed was the result of two years’ careful research. The
film highlighted serious health and welfare concerns in pedigree dogs that
many experts agree need to be addressed urgently. However, the filmmakers
have no connection to PETA and are ideologically opposed to PETA’s aims.
“I am horrified that PETA is using the film to further its own, warped
agenda,” says Jemima Harrison, of Passionate Productions, which made the
film for the BBC. “Our film is about animal welfare, not animal rights.
PETA’s animal welfare record is appalling. It kills 97 per cent of the dogs
that come to its shelters and admits its ultimate aim is to rid the world of
what it calls the “domestic enslavement” of dogs as either pets or working
“In stark contrast, and the reason we made the film, is that we believe
pedigree dogs are of tremendous value to society and that something needs to
be done to arrest the damage caused by decades of inbreeding and selection
for ‘beauty’. The film is a passionate call for urgent reform to save them
before it is too late. To do that, there needs to be urgent reform of
breeding practices and dog shows.
“PETA is a bunch of crackpots who do not care about anything but publicity
and making money. They have not bothered to contact us – and, indeed, if
they did we would make it very clear we do not want their support. It
devalues and marginalizes a film that raises a serious issue that needs to
be addressed, and quickly.”