Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Says Shelter Dogs Are Depressing, Facebook Boycott Begins
Full disclosure, I'm a dog lover. And specifically, a shelter dog lover. Our latest addition to the family is Yoda the Pekingese, who we rescued through the Casper Humane Society. We watched recently as a Peke won the famed Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show,
and became the toast of the town. However, something was new at this year's show - the absence of Westminster's sponsor of 24 years, Pedigree. What made them part ways on this profitable multi-decade partnership? Pedigree's encouragement of people to adopt shelter dogs. Wait...what?
Serious business. Westminster spokesman David Frei tells the Associated Press, "Show me an ad with a dog with a smile. Don't shame me. We told them (Pedigree) that and they ignored us."
Don't get me wrong - the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is well within their rights to handle their business affairs in any manner they choose, it's a free country. However, as one of the premier events in the dog community - wouldn't you think they'd WANT to be associated with a worthwhile cause like animal adoption? Seems like some other people are thinking the same thing, as a Facebook group has already started calling for a boycott.
Here's an example of one of Pedigree's "depressing" commercials:
What do you think?