Free Body Bag With Puppy Purchase!

July 16, 2008 at 8:34 pm 6 comments

Apparently the folks over at DogFancy Magazine don’t bother to screen the content of ads submitted to their publication.  This month’s issue includes an ad placed by PeTA that offers a “Free Gift Bag” for new puppy owners.  Any new puppy owner foolish enough to call the number listed for the free offer will hear a message informing them that the “gift” is a body bag for the dog that they ‘killed’ by purchasing a purebred puppy.

Just when I begin to think that I’ve seen it all, the proslytizing idiots fools over at PeTA manage to find a way to drop to new lows.  I wonder how many of the people who call are children, excited by a new pup?

For the record, I’m not a fan of Dog Fancy.  As noted above, they don’t appeaer to make any effort to screen their ad content and some of the ads they carry promote operations that I believe are unethical.  You know what I’m talking about, the kind of “send us credit card payment and we’ll ship a puppy to you, no questions asked” sort of operation that works so hard to masquerade as a reputable breeder.

Is this just a case of poor screening of ad content, or are the folks over at DogFancy simply out to make a buck at any cost?  Based on the number of ads placed each month there by money-grubbing puppy mills questionable breeders and the fact that they accepted a full page ad from the H$U$ just last month — it sure looks like a case of pure, unadulterated greed.

A newsletter for the Southern California Alaskan Malamute Club carried a response from a staff member at Dog Fancy just after they posted the full page ad from HSUS.  She stated:

Our department did not sell this ad it was our display department. We work with the breeders not businesses. I’m so sorry I can see why you and others are upset. I am going to do what I can so this does not happen again.

Apparently the clueless dolts nice people over at Dog Fancy had no idea that PeTA and HSUS are in the business of eliminating pet ownership.  Perhaps if they spent just a bit of time researching important issues like breed specific legislation, mandatory spay/neuter laws, pet limits and other pet-related legislation – they’d understand just how much it hurts them when they provide a public relations platform to AR groups. 

If you’d like to contact Dog Fancy Magazine to express your opinion, here’s the information:

You can post comments to Dog Fancy online here:

Or contact Constance Dang in the editorial department directly:
(800) 530-3010

UPDATED July 18:

Here’s MORE contact information.

(866) 834-6061 is the phone number you are supposed to call to leave the address for PeTA to send your body bag, but you could choose to leave a message there instead — perhaps letting them know how you feel about their campaign.  Why don’t we heat up that line a bit?

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Audie's Gramma  |  July 16, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    Whenever Dog Fancy rolls out their “rare breed issue” I get multiple phone calls from their zombie army of ad monkeys, inviting me to sell my ES pups to all and sundry through their magazine. (I assume they have compiled lists of breeders from various sources, and once one is on their list, it’s forever.)

    “Really? And who will be writing the text about the breed for your august publication? Will it include the truth about how few people are suitable for this hard-working breed? Have you contacted the ESC? Which of the five or six “breed standards” will you be featuring? Will you be telling readers that the breed’s registry is the UKC, or will you be promoting the *real* breed club member-owned conservation registry? And the real breed club with hundreds of members, not the show-dog nancies, all ten of them, that claim to be one? What dog will be pictured with the ‘article?’ How did you choose the photo? Will you be featuring a photo of a show dog, or a real ES?”

    Response “Duuuuhhhh …”

    Pretty much in line with the level of literacy from the letter to the Malamute club.

    But the answer is, yes, it is ALL about mining the magazine for revenue. It’s not even about *long-term* maximization of profits. Bow Tie is an umbrella under an umbrella under an umbrella. It is a completely advertising-revenue-driven enterprise.

    Of course they will take money from PeTA and HSUS.

  • 2. Abbie's Dad  |  July 17, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    This is an excellent response to another ludicrous, but not yet surprisingly “campaign” by peta. Just because someone chooses a purebred over a stray doesn’t mean that 1) they are irresponsible pet owners and 2) they are supporting puppy mills. My purebred Boxer didn’t not come from a puppy mill and to date I’ve enjoy 11 years of pure happiness with that little girl.

  • 3. Caveat  |  July 19, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    I still say that Peta’s dimwitted supporters should be the ones receiving a body bag with every donation.

    “Thank you for supporting People Exterminating Thousands of Animals. Your donation will go towards the killing of thousands of healthy pets, the promotion of breed bans and mandatory sterilization and other programs deidicated to the elimination of pet ownership and all animal husbandry.”

    And unlike the twits at Peta, we have the facts to back that up.

  • 4. This Makes Me Angry « Jim Hall’s Random Musings  |  September 7, 2008 at 7:45 am

    […] This Makes Me Angry The obnoxious, self-righteous, whacko nut jobs at PETA (you know, the people who don’t think the blind should be allowed to have leader dogs) have a new publicity stunt.  They took out an ad in Dog Fancy magazine where they offer to send you a free “gift bag” for your new puppy.  What they are actually pushing is a body bag for the shelter dog killed in place of your puppy.  The Smartdogs blog covers the story here. […]

  • 5. Michelle  |  September 8, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    I am not a PETA supporter but I do AGREE with what they’re saying. Even if your ‘purchased’ dog does not come from a puppy mill it is still coming from a breeder. I am in animal rescue and I cannot even begin to tell you howm any purebred animals we see in shelters that are being euthanized on a daily basis just because they aren’t wanted anymore. If you happen to like a specific breed there is no reason you can’t contact a breed specific rescue to adopt your dog. They even have puppies sometimes! There are too many animals in this world and not enough homes. I don’t understand how people can proclaim to love animals but choose to purchase them from a breeder and keep the demand up for breeding while animals that are just as wonderful and deserving are being killed by the millions….

    Maybe you should watch animals suffer for 30 minutes while they choke to death in a mass gassing or watch animals being stuck in the heart (many states use this as their method of euthanasia) or watch tiny puppies being killed by lethal injection….they seem so happy and helpless and inncocent, and then the needle goes in and they fall limp, usually their eyes are still open with the same expression they had two seconds ago….maybe then you’ll have a change of heart. Just remember…your purebred breeds are among them…..

  • 6. G.J.S.  |  October 28, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    Okay HSUS definitely isnt against pet ownership. I get newsletters from them and most encourage me to adopt from a shelter. PETA I’m pretty sure is against pet ownership. I don’t agree with PETA but I’m definitely for the HSUS.

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