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Hockey Night in Canada’s Don Cherry praised for tweeting about Pit Bulls

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Don Cherry is known for a lot of things, being an icon of Canadian hockey fame, wearing those crazy suits, supporting the invasion of Iraq, losing his cool REALLY fast in the political arena, and this time, for standing up on behalf of pit bulls. After encouraging people on Twitter to fight for the lives of 21 pit bulls up for euthanasia after being stuck in the middle of a dogfighting ring, Cherry has been praised by animal activists for his efforts. “I feel for the innocent beautiful dogs caught in this mess and they might pay for it with their lives,” said Cherry. Camille Labchuk of Animal Justice had this to say: “He’s a perfect example of somebody who uses his position for the right reasons.”

I got a little chuckle out of this, since he’s referred to pit bulls using a negative connotation before. After making a few jabs at “left wing kooks” and “pinkos” at a meeting of the Toronto City Council in 2010, Cherry responded to press criticism by saying, “Well, what can I say? You don’t invite a pit bull. If you want a pit bull, you get a pit bull.” Hopefully, the man of the suit has changed his tune about the stereotypes of pit bulls being aggressive.

I can’t wait for the day that such a hard hitter stands up for all animals.

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