Last Saturday was Pit Bull Awareness Day. According to Jodi Pries, who spearheads the efforts, there were more than 150 events around the country where pit bull owners came out to celebrate their family pets and expose the public to the reality that pit bulls are just dogs.
Events took place across the country -- and garnered a lot of media coverage.
Around 30 dogs and owners showed up to walk in the cold in Chesterton, IN.
More showed up in Lubbock, TX -- where the walk was coupled with 3 movie showings of a movie celebrating pit bull type dogs, Beyond the Myth.
Approximately 100 dogs and dog owners were expected to attend an event in New Bedford, MA.
"Hundreds" showed up for an event in Ansonia, CT.
"At least 300" people attended a screening of the pro-pit bull documentary "Guilty Til Proven Innocent" in Tucson, AZ.
These events were all widely attended, and drew professionals from all walks of life.
Meanwhile, in Tucson, a small group organized to do a "victims walk" that, I think was accurately defined by this author as a "hate walk". The event was organized by a couple of anti-pit bull activists, and it was no coincidence that they hosted the event to try to overshadow pit bull awareness day activities.
But they did anything but overshadow the events of the day. If anything, the reality that they had two dozen attendees at their one event, in one location, while advocates had dozens, and sometimes hundreds, across more than 150 locations, shows the scale of differential in the issue.
Consistently I have pointed out this differential -- and that there is a complete lack of professsional support for laws targeting pit bulls (or any other breeds of dogs for that matter). And the poor attendence at their one hate event shows that there is little non-professional support either. Meanwhile, literally THOUSANDS of people showed up with their dogs to celebrate their pets in public spaces to help educate the public that pit bulls can be, and are, great pets. And the scale between those who realize that and those who continue to support the mythology of pit bulls as savage and dangerous dogs continues to grow wider and wider.
Congrats and thank you to everyone that showed up to rally events in your communities, and to Jodie Pries at Bless the Bullies who organized the events.