Last night the 134th Westminster Dog Show took place. As always, the competition went forth with elegance, grace, and some really beautiful dogs. Well, the show went forth as such until two representatives from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) stormed the ring.
The crowd favorite for the evening was Sadie, a four and a half year old Scottish terrier who took her best in breed with ease. She went on to the terrier competition and took that easily too. The crowd loved her, her silky black hair glistened under the lights, and she just looked like she was having the time of her life. Sadie moved on the the final competition of the evening- best in show. There she would be competing against the winners of the herding, sporting, non-sporting, toy, hound and working groups. Judge Elliot Weiss inspected all seven dogs and had them each take a once around the room. When he pointed at Sadie for best in show, the crowd roared and Sadie’s handler, Gabriel Rangel, looked elated.
However, the celebration was interrupted when two smartly dressed women strolled onto the ring holding signs that said “Mutts Rule” and “Breeders Kill Shelter Dogs’ Chances.” The “Breeders Kill” slogan was used by PETA in one of their ad campaigns. PETA claims they did not send the women, but they do support them. The ladies were quickly escorted off of the premises.
Now, according to Newsweek, PETA has euthanized over 17,000 animals, nearly 85% of all the animals they rescue. They claim that it’s better for the animal to be dead than to be in captivity. It seems to me that it’s not breeders who kill the shelter dogs. You would think that a group who storms the Westminster Dog Show to protest would be more concerned with finding lost or abandoned animals proper homes, but apparently that’s not their focus.
Nevertheless, Sadie (who’s full name is Roundtown Mercedes of Maryscot) took the podium and became the first dog to win the Westminster Dog Show, the National Dog Show, and the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. Congratulations Sadie!