Crufts: Why an animal rights petition wants Channel 4 to remove the show from the program
Animal rights activists call for Channel 4 to be dropped Crufts from his TV program amid PETA’s latest campaign.
Recognized as “the greatest canine event in the world”, the annual competition and agility competition sees thousands of dogs compete for trophies and cash prizes.
The show originally aired on the BBC until an investigation by the broadcaster revealed how “the show’s dogs suffer from genetic conditions after years of inbreeding”.
Crufts inbreeding controversy
Now airing on Channel 4 and More4, the animal rights charity is branded PETA Crufts as a “grotesque charade” that has an “obsession with ‘race purity'”.
The RSPCA also withdrew its support for the dog show on welfare grounds for a time.
the petition noted: “Crufts is a contest for unhealthy dogs that often fall prey to agonizing hereditary diseases after generations of inbreeding. The RSPCA refuses to attend the show, and no one who cares about dogs should celebrate this grotesque charade – or give it a platform on British television.
“With his obsession with ‘race purity’, Crufts popularizes grossly exaggerated features in animals and awards prizes to dogs whose physical abnormalities prevent them from leading happy lives – pugs with sunken faces who can barely breathe, Cavalier King Charles spaniels whose brains are too big for their skulls, and bulldogs who can’t even mate unaided , to name just a few examples.
Channel 4 has been contacted for comment.