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Animal Rights Activists Speak Out Against Dog Shows In India [News]

09 Jun 2014 | by Shoumitro Roy | Posted in: Wag News

Dog shows are grand events. The best specimens of pedigree breeds are judged and breeders and owners compete to win various titles. However, in some cases, their ethics come under the criticism of animal welfare groups. Recently, People For Animals voiced their opinion regarding dog shows that are organised in India.


Animal rights activists want horse races and dogs shows banned as they are worried about the cruel treatment of horses and dogs. The animal welfare organisation People for Animals is the one who has taken up this cause. Their managing trustee Kalpana Vasudevan believes that the animals are forcefully trained in the heat, hampering their health. She isn’t clear as to why dog shows are conducted as the dogs are made to do strenuous exercises just to win competitions for their owners, who in turn are rewarded with money. She clearly stated that PFA is completely against dog shows.

After the Supreme Court’s ban on Rekla races (Bullock cart race) and the Madras High Court’s suggestion to ban cockfighting, activists are hopeful that dog shows and horse races will also be banned. The Humane Animal Society pointed out that the government will set up branches of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in all districts to monitor the treatment of animals at all times.

This problem of cruelty towards dogs in dog shows prevails in India. In other countries, dogs are given regal status. When animal rights activists speak out against dog shows, what do they have to say for kennel clubs like the Kennel Club of India which is a member of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale?

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