Call to stop buy­ing huskies as pets

The Sun (Malaysia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

AC­TOR Peter Din­klage ( right) re­cently urged fans of Game of Thrones to stop buy­ing huskies be­cause of their sim­i­lar­ity to the fear­some ‘di­re­wolves’ in the TV se­ries.

The US ac­tor, who plays Tyrion Lan­nis­ter in the se­ries, in a state­ment is­sued by an­i­mal rights group Peta, said: “Shel­ters are... re­port­ing that many of the huskies are be­ing aban­doned – as of­ten hap­pens when dogs are bought on im­pulse, without un­der­stand­ing their needs.”

Peta said that since the hugely-suc­cess­ful HBO se­ries started in 2011, an­i­mal res­cue cen­tres in Bri­tain had seen a 700% in­crease in aban­doned huskies from around 10 a year to 81 last year.

Two res­cue groups in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia in the US had also seen their num­bers of huskies dou­ble over the last two years, it added.

Peta said the huskies were be­ing dumped when the “nov­elty wears off” and their new own­ers re­alised the work and com­mit­ment re­quired to care for them.

The cam­paign group said films such as 101 Dal­ma­tians, Bev­erly Hills Chi­huahua, Legally Blonde and Men in Black had caused sim­i­lar spikes in sales and sub­se­quent aban­don­ment of the fea­tured dog breeds. – AFPRe­laxnews

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