While thousands upon thousands of Americans and their families celebrate National Pit Bull Awareness Day on October 27th, one group will be staging an event against the breed with a “Walk For Victims of Pit Bulls and Other Dangerous Dogs” in Tucson, AZ.
“The first ever public event supporting and raising awareness for dog bite victims, Walk For Victims of Pit Bulls and Other Dangerous Dogs, is shaping up to be a remarkable and memorable event taking place right here in Tucson,” the press release states. The list of people the group is hoping will attend include “members of neighborhood associations, parents, teachers, walkers and joggers, medical health professionals, dog bite injury attorneys, letter carriers and many more who encompass the large range of those affected by dog bite-related injuries.”
Oh – and the Mayor of Tucson, Jonathan Rothschild, is slated to kick off the event. Update: They Mayor’s office contacted us to say that he is not attending the event and does not support breed specific legislation.
Several sites are pointing towards a woman named Colleen Lynn and her Dogsbite.com website as a main promoter of the event. In 2007, Lynn was involved in an unfortunate jogging incident involving a Pit Bull; which inspired her to create the website. So yea, she’s biased towards damning the breed to hell.
“Colleen Lynn blatantly lies on her website when she claims that pit bulls lead dog bite fatalities,” says the pro-pit site BSLNews.org. “She gathers all of her information from media reports, no questions asked. Clearly she doesn’t ask questions because most of what is reported in the media surrounding pit bulls and “attacks” is incorrect and has been repeatedly proven to be untrue.”
What’s truly unfortunate is that this walk is intent on spreading fear and breed ignorance on the very same day that organizers across the country are attempting to do the opposite. There’s no denying that dogs can injure people – but education, and not breed-specific legislation, should be the answer.
You can read more about the event and its backers over on the Examiner here.
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