The American Kennel Club (AKC) is a registry of purebred dog pedigrees in the United States. It also promotes and sanctions events for purebred dogs, including the Westminster Dog Show, the National Dog Show, and the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. The American Kennel Club was formed in 1884. In 1887, the first office was opened, in […]
Because pets are so cute, they play a large part in entertainment. Movies, TV shows, circuses and zoos all use animals to entertain us. Although we love to encounter animals on screen and in person, it is vital that these animals are treated well.
In 1940, after the filming of the movie, “Jesse James,” in which a terrified horse was killed after being forced to run off a cliff, the American Humane Association opened its Western Regional Office in Hollywood, California, to fight animal cruelty in film productions. In 1941, the Association of Motion Picture Producers agreed to give the AHA open access to all movie sets using animals. However, PETA explains that the AHA presence on a movie set is no guarantee to protect against animal abuse. AHA only monitors the actual filming, not training sessions where abuse is most likely to occur.
Animal lovers should educate themselves regarding which industries are prone to mistreatment of animals and boycott them. And before going to an individual show, film or other event, check out whether animal welfare organizations have given it the stamp of approval.
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HSUS Report on Orca Shows
Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of HSUS reports on OSHA’s investigation of the death of Dawn Brancheau who was killed by the largest Orca at SeaWorld. In February 2010, Dawn Brancheau, a veteran orca trainer at SeaWorld Florida, was killed by Tilikum, SeaWorld’s largest orca. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a federal agency […]
America’s Family Pet Expo to Salute Hollywood Pets at 2012 Event
The bow-wow-wows and cats’ meows at the 23rd annual America’s Family Pet Expo will include some new but familiar sounds as some of the famous pets of Hollywood will be featured at the April 20-22, 2012 event at the OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa, California. This year’s theme is “Salute to Hollywood […]
Pekingese Wins at Westminster
Malachy, a Pekingese, won the title of Best in Show at the 2012 Westminster Kennel Club 136th Show held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. A Pekingese has not won the title since 1990. Other winners in their groups are: Non-Sporting – a Dalmatian Herding – Captain Crunch, a German Shepherd Dog Hounds […]
Westminster Dog Show
The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is America’s second-longest continuously held sporting event, behind only the Kentucky Derby. The first show was held in 1877, with a portion of the proceeds going to the ASPCA to establish a home for stray and disabled animals. It was conceived as a show primarily for gun dogs by […]
The American Kennel Club (AKC) sanctions hundreds of dog shows around the country each weekend. The AKC is a national dog organization that oversees and maintains the registry of purebred dog breeds as well as supervising the showing of these dogs. The American Kennel Club was established in 1884 to promote the study, breeding, exhibiting […]
World Dog Show
The World Dog Show 2012 is being held in Salzburg, Austria, May 18th, 19th, 20th. It has been held each year in a different country since 1971. Among the events judged are agility, obedience, junior handler, conformation. There are a number of other events as well. International championships are awarded at the World Dog Show. […]
Crufts – World’s Largest Dog Show
The Crufts Dog Show was created in 1891 by Charles Cruft. Charles Cruft was an ambitious man who made a career out of his love of dogs. The first Cruft’s show was booked into the Royal Agricultural Hall in Islington, England, with 2,437 entries and 36 breeds. Aside from the periods of the two world […]
Agility competitions began at Crufts in the late 1970s. They began as an entertainment act in the intermission and were based on horse shows. Agility competitions test a dog’s fitness and the handler’s ability to train and direct the dog over and through certain obstacles. The handler must direct the dog verbally or with signals, […]
FoA-Ban on NYC Horse-Drawn Carriages
Host Anna Vitale of the Mindlight TV show featured New York State Senator Tony Avella and Edita Birnkrant, New York Director of Friends of Animals explaining about the New York City horse-drawn carriage industry. Discussed were the ongoing efforts of FoA working with Senator Avella to pass a state law banning horse-drawn carriages. Legislation is […]