Call to stop buying huskies as pets
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