In the effort to promote itself as the humane, caring voice for dogs, the Kennel Club is banning certain ‘degrading’ and ‘unnatural’ dance moves by dogs:
“When Pudsey the dog triumphed on Britain’s Got Talent, it led to a surge of interest in the little-known pastime of dog dancing.
The animal’s performance, pirouetting on his hind legs and weaving through the arms of his 16-year-old owner, Ashleigh Butler, prompted other owners to have a go with their pets.
But some of the dance moves being attempted have so alarmed the Kennel Club that it has announced a ban on certain tricks.
The organisation — the UK’s governing body for dog activities — has outlawed moves it considers “extreme” or “unnatural” for fear they could injure the animals.
It has also introduced new rules against routines that are “degrading” to the dogs. This includes dressing the animals in costumes — although fancy dress is still permitted for their handlers.”
‘Degrading’? If you want to ban something degrading, unnatural and harmful to dogs, how about the cruel sport of dog racing which results in numerous, leg fractures, toe amputations and a few deaths every single year?
I had the (dis)pleasure of assisting at a dog track of few occasions and the kind of musculo-skeletal injuries you see are appalling. This iis in addition to the cruel way the sport treats old dogs and failed racers.
Of course the Kennel Club will do no such thing as speaking out against dog racing will deprive them of revenue. It’s always easier to posture against a dog on back legs then a lawyered-up multinational operation.