AKC is trying to create a “master race”–PETA
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has accused the American Kennel Club of trying to create a doggie “master race.”
The animal rights group protested Monday afternoon outside the Westminster Kennel Club show, comparing the AKC to the white supremacist group Ku Klux Klan.
“Welcome AKC KKK Members,” read a banner hanging from the table stationed outside Madison Square Garden. Two PETA protesters dressed as Ku Klux Klan members, while other volunteers handed out brochures that read: “The KKK and the AKC: BFF?”
“Obviously it’s an uncomfortable comparison,” PETA spokesman Michael McGraw told The Associated Press.
But the AKC is trying to create a “master race”, he added. “It’s a very apt comparison.”
In reaction to such claims, Westminster spokesman and commentator David Frei said: “I can’t speak for everyone, but the vast majority of the people exhibiting and handling and showing at Westminster are more interested in the health of dogs than anything else.”
“We want to produce the next generation of healthy and happy dogs not just for the show ring but for the couches at home,” he added.
PETA had sought to end TV coverage of the event, first by asking USA network to cancel the broadcast, then by going to the show’s advertisers, asking them to drop their sponsorships.