If you live in the DC area and are a fan of pit bulls, make a note in your calendar: a march on Washington is being planned for May of 2014.
Actress, comedienne and avid pit bull lover Rebecca Corry got the idea after spending some time in Washington, DC with her pit bull, Angel. The rescue dog spends some of her time in a canine kissing booth, and is quite popular with fans.
Corry noticed how excited fans were after seeing their photo together in the nation’s capital, and thought it might be a good idea to plan a large event the next time she was in Washington. She would be there for her “Stand Up for Pits” comedy show and animal rescue fundraiser in May of next year.
“I was like, why don’t I organize a march on Washington?”
Planning for the event is still in its infancy, but Corry envisions something rather reminiscent of the activist marches of the 1960s and 70s: “A podium/soap box where people could speak the truth and tell their stories. Celebrites, athletes, comics, actors, musicians and everyone whose lives have been changed by the love of a pibble.”
A pibble is an affectionate term for ever-so-loveable pit bulls; as Corry describes them, “intelligent, kind, loving, loyal and gentle.”
The purpose of her proposed One Million Pibble March is to bring awareness to pit bulls. There are so many horror stories heard each day that the sweet, happy-go-lucky pit bulls are branded vicious killers, despite their having clean records and no signs of (unwarranted) aggression. Education would be provided about breed specific legislation, and about the many pit bulls left at high-kill shelters who desperately need homes.
Corry aims to have federal funding be used for animal law enforcement and anti-cruelty programs. These issues are personal to Corry; her Angel was badly abused before she was adopted into a loving home.
“She was literally tortured for five years of her life,” Corry said of her dog, whose body is riddled with scars and acid burns. She has damaged knees and her ears have been shorn, likely with scissors.
“And she has nothing but love to give,” Corry said. “Millions more just like her want nothing more than to love.”
The pinnacle of this function might be to speak to President Obama about the plight of pibbles.
“My dream would be to have his ear, even if for five minutes,” she said. “He took the time to call the Philadelphia Eagles’ owner to thank him for signing Michael Vick. Surely he could take another five minutes to talk to me.”
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