PETA Disrupts Westminster Show

Hansen Sinclair – AHN Reporter

New York, NY, United States (AHN) – Just moments before judge Elliott Weiss picked Sadie, the Scottish terrier favored to win 2010′s Westminster Dog Show, a pair of protesters took center stage, carrying signs that read “Mutts Rule” and “Breeders Kill Shelter Dogs’ Chances.”

The move by activists with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals shocked the audience of about 15,000, and the women were soon escorted out of the building by security guards as the crowd applauded and cheered, according to witness accounts. Dana Sylvester and Hope Round were both charged with criminal trespass, according to police reports. PETA reportedly said the women acted without the consent or knowledge of the organization, but they supported the actions of their members. The mini protest lasted less than two minutes and the show went on as scheduled. PETA has protested the dog show before, as well as other events in which animals are, according to the organization, treated inhumanely. The show’s focus on purebreds leaves mixed-breek animals with an unfair advantage when it comes to people adopting pets from shelters, according to the PETA Web site. Animals not adopted within a certain timeframe are put to sleep, the group claims

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