Dog shows like the annual Westminster Dog Show in New York have harmful consequences for pets. By promoting a competition between purebred dogs for Best in Show, the dog show sends a message to the world that breeding and buying pedigree animals is preferable to adopting homeless dogs and cats in need, writes Fred Willard in NYDaily News. This results, says Willard, in more than 6 million dogs and cats, who get turned over to animals shelters annualy in the USA, ignored for higher pedigree pets.
The annual Westminster Dog show and others like it are positive celebrations of dogs and don't deserve the negative backlash they get. Megan Daum of LA Times writes that groups like PETA are exaggerated and unjustifed in their efforts to disrupt dog shows with protests that cite health problems of poor breeding and liken dog breeding to promoting the concept of "a master race." Daum says that in such dog shows, she encountered only dogs that were deeply loved and well bred and well cared for.