In 2013, for the first time ever, the shameful Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show expanded into two venues when properties giant Merchandise Mart chose to host parts of the event at its Pier 92 and Pier 94 event spaces in New York City, despite hearing from PETA about how dog shows contribute to the massive animal overpopulation and homelessness crisis. Merchandise Mart refused to cancel the event or pledge not to host dog shows in the future.
Not only do dog shows promote breeding and kill shelter dogs' chances of finding a good home, they also can lead to severe stress and suffering for the animals who are forced to participate in them. Some "breed standards" require dogs to be mutilated by having their tails docked or their ears cropped, and purebred dogs are often plagued by debilitating diseases and painful hereditary disorders. Dog shows are so detrimental to the health of the animals involved that the BBC refuses to air Crufts, the British equivalent of the Westminster show.
Please use the link below to urge Merchandise Mart to follow the lead of the BBC and pledge not to host another dog show.
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