Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage teams up with PETA; asks fans to stop 'buying' huskies

FP Staff

Aug,17 2017 15:12:21 IST

Over the years, HBO's most popular show Game of Thrones has become a global phenomenon. Be it the characters, plots, sub-plots, picturesque locations, dragons and direwolves — the GOT universe has millions of followers.

A screengrab from Game of Thrones.

Peter Dinklage in Game of Thrones. A screengrab from YouTube.

Peter Dinklage, who portrays the role of Tyrion Lannister in the show, has over the years garnered a massive fan following as well. His performance as the dwarf, who in spite of his most-ridiculed size, stands tall among all the iconic Lords and Ladies of the Seven Kingdoms, has earned him numerous accolades and awards.

Known to be associated with various social causes, Dinklage has now teamed up with PETA to prevent fans from buying huskies. In one of its media releases, PETA said that fans of the show impulsively buy huskies for their stark resemblance to the show's direwolves. When they realise the amount of time and care this exotic breed of dogs need, leave them in pet shelters, which are already getting full with homeless dogs.

Addressing his fans, Dinklage said, "Please, to all of Game of Thrones' many wonderful fans, we understand that due to the direwolves’ huge popularity, many folks are going out and buying huskies...Not only does this hurt all the deserving homeless dogs waiting for a chance at a good home in shelters, but shelters are also reporting that many of these huskies are being abandoned—as often happens when dogs are bought on impulse, without understanding their needs. Please, please, if you’re going to bring a dog into your family, make sure that you’re prepared for such a tremendous responsibility and remember to always, ALWAYS, adopt from a shelter."

PETA also said that this isn't the first time there has been such a steep rise in purchase of dogs from breeders and pet stores. Earlier with film like 101 DalmatiansBeverly Hills ChihuahuaLegally Blonde and Men in Black, there was a similar trend.

Updated Date: Aug 17, 2017 15:12 PM