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RSPCA cracks down on pedigree cruelties'

PUBLISHED: 17:20 24 September 2008 | UPDATED: 15:21 25 August 2010

ANIMAL rescue centres have backed a charity s decision to boycott the world s biggest dog show amid health fears of pedigrees.

ANIMAL rescue centres have backed a charity's decision to boycott the world's biggest dog show amid health fears of pedigrees.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) announced on Monday it is boycotting next March's Crufts event in Birmingham. The charity which is also boycotting November's Discover Dogs at Earl's Court, wants to 'tackle the unacceptably high levels of disability, deformity and disease that threaten pedigree dogs'. Anim-Mates charity volunteer Teresa Broomfield, 45, said backed the RSPCA's decision but is disappointed they have taken so long to take a stance.

She said: "We are making a creature such as a dog where nothing is natural. In a climate where there are far too many unwanted dogs, we shouldn't promote the desire for pedigrees. There are too many healthy dogs being destroyed because there aren't enough homes."

The RSPCA's decision came after last month's BBC documentary Pedigree Dogs Exposed claimed the pets have acute problems because looks are emphasised over health when breeding dogs for shows.

It showed spaniels with brains too big for their skulls and Boxers suffering from epilepsy.

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