PETA Protests Westminster
If you were going past Madison Square Garden last night, you might have thought the KKK was having a membership drive. But no, it was just PETA handing out flyers to protest the Westminster dog show.
"Is this really the KKK?'' somebody asked the woman in the white robe and the pointy hat. Crowds gawked Monday at a table set up outside Madison Square Garden, where People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals was protesting the start of the Westminster Kennel Club show. PETA contends that the American Kennel Club promotes pure-breeding of dogs that is harmful to their health. "Welcome AKC Members,'' read a banner hanging from the table -- with AKC crossed out and KKK written above it. Two PETA protesters dressed as Ku Klux Klan members, while other volunteers handed out brochures that read: "The KKK and the AKC: BFF?" Most passers-by seemed more puzzled than offended, though those who didn't stop walked away thinking they really had seen the KKK. The most common reaction was to pull out a cell phone and start snapping photos. Police monitored the situation from nearby, but the scene was mostly calm. One shouting match broke out during the hour-long protest. Earlier, a man strode away yelling, "That's disgusting! I'm going to buy more fur!'' Fatima Walden, who spotted the protest during a shopping trip, called the KKK imagery inappropriate no matter what the message. "They could have used something else as an example," she said. "You should be considerate to everybody.AKC=KKK. Because dogs are slaves? Because....huh?