Myths and stereotypes surrounding pit bulls have continued to spread far and wide causing many people to fear and persecute dogs whose only real crime is the way they look. The stigma that follows them has led to unfounded breed discriminatory policies across the country, but their advocates are working hard to dispel the myths and educate the public about the true nature of bully breeds.
Thanks to the tireless work of their advocates, people are learning the truth, and it’s getting harder and harder not to accept that pit bulls, who have been affectionately dubbed ‘pibbles,’ are just like any other dog and no less deserving of loving homes.
The Stand Up for Pits Foundation, an organization founded by Los Angeles-based comedian and pit bull advocate Rebecca Corry, is one that’s committed to helping these dogs. The organization just released a heartwarming video featuring kids, along with their pibble besties, sharing some wise words about how we should treat them.
Stand Up for Pits also organized the first ever One Million Pibble March on Washington that took place over the weekend at the U.S. Capitol, drawing an estimated 4,500 people who came out to show their support for bully breeds.
The march was inspired by Corry’s own dog Angel, a formerly abused pit, and organized in an effort to help create safe communities for both people and pets by speaking out against discrimination and abuse, in addition to sending a strong message that breed bans are targeting the wrong end of the leash when it comes to efforts to keep communities safe.
“My goal is to create safe and humane communities for humans and pets by advocating, educating and offering solutions,” Corry told King5. “This is not just an animal issue; it is a social issue that affects us all. It is proven people who commit violent acts against animals will likely — and most often times do go on to — commit crimes against humanity. The targeting of pit bull terriers is an obvious reflection of broken society, but one that can be fixed. The Pibble March provides us a national platform to be the voice of millions of voiceless victims, and we will be heard. Abuse and discrimination can no longer be tolerated.”
You can watch Corry’s speech here.
While proposals for breed specific legislation (BSL) targeting pit bills continue to pop up, the number of cities and states that have passed legislation stamping it out continues to grow. South Dakota and Utah just passed laws making breed bans illegal, Maryland lawmakers overturned a ruling that declared all pit bulls are inherently dangerous, and Washington, Vermont and Missouri are working on it. Recently passed legislation has also finally made it a federal crime to attend an animal fight.
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