Didn't mean to imply that every breeder showing their dogs did this - was just quoting an Article - It was on Inside Edition and I don't believe they can be compared to dogs in puppy mills either - did not think I implied that. It was actually the PETA Vice-President person who said that - and I know that PETA is controversial, but it is an interesting article and I had no idea that they allow de-barked dogs to show. This is PETA's direct quote:
Lisa Lange, Senior Vice President of Peta, says debarking is one reason why the animal rights group opposes dog shows like Westminster.
She said, “We've seen people who breed show dogs then they debark them, they declaw them, they breed them for looks and not health. These poor dogs for the most part live in curlers and crates. This is a very cruel and frankly, creepy world. “
The owner of the de-barked Samoyed is stating that she thinks one of the Peta people poisoned her dog because this PETA person was at Westminster dog show and telling her how cruel it was to have de-barked her dog. - doesn't make much sense.
PLEASE do not think that I meant this as any kind of a slam against good breeders or good breeders who show their dogs. I did not mean it that way and apologize if I ruffled any feathers.
I wouldn't put it past PETA person to poison a dog, quite frankly. Their agenda is very clear. They don't want ANYONE to own ANY animal for ANY reason.
They are totally against crates, and most dogs LOVE their crates. For instance, we have two crates in our house for Kodi, one in my office and one up in our bedroom. THe doors to both are open the majority of the time, and he STILL chooses to sleep inside them. If they need to be picked up for some reason, he gets very possessive about them, whining and moaning until they are put back where he believes they belong!
If you are going to read ANYTHING written by PETA or a PETA member, you need to read it with the understanding of their goals and objectives. They don't WANT you to have your adorable little Hav. For me, they just make my blood pressure go up!!!
As I said almost immediately in response to your first post, IMO, debarking is cruelty. But all you need to do is go to ANY dog show to find out how UNcommon debarking is... There is a LOT of noise at dog shows!
As far as declawing is concerned, I've only ever seen the dew claws removed. I am not a fan of removing dew claws, because they are important to dogs in performance sports. But the people who remove dewclaws are not doing it for vanity. Most truly believe they are ding it for the well-being of the dog. And in some breeds, like hunting dogs, who work through heavy brush, dew claw removal at birth can definitely prevent painful injuries later in life.