Arlington, Ma.- Save the date: Thursday, September 15, 7:30 pm, Arlington’s Regent Theatre will open its doors for one showing of Beyond the Myth: A Documentary about Pit Bulls and Breed Discrimination.
Producer and Director of Beyond the Myth, Libby R. Sherrill, has joined forces with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) and PittieLove Rescue for a night dedicated to education regarding dogs commonly referred to as “pit bulls”.
Beyond the Myth takes viewers to four U.S. cities where Breed Specific Legislation focusing on “pit bulls” has profoundly impacted people and animals: Denver, Miami, Cincinnati, and San Francisco. The film explores the contributing factors behind the public’s generalized fear of Pit Bull-type dogs and examines the conflict existing between advocates and opponents of breed-discriminatory laws and asks the question, “Exactly what is a pit-bull?”
Massachusetts has several municipalities including Lowell, Worcester, Boston, Stoughton, and Lynn that have enacted legislation discriminating against dogs deemed to have Pit Bull-like characteristics, despite the fact that there is no one breed of dog known as the “pit bull”, or evidence showing that targeting dogs with certain physical characteristics reduces dog bites. “The main goal of Beyond the Myth is to expose the perils and ineffectiveness of Breed Specific Legislation, and to educate the public on the negative bias existing in news reports on dog attacks,” says the filmmaker.
The evening’s guests of honor will be former Michael Vick bait dog, Cherry and his canine sister, Madison. Cherry was one of the 53 Pit Bulls seized from Vick’s Virginia compound back in 2007 and has since gone on to pass his Canine Good Citizen test and has found a new life with his loving family.
Tickets are currently on sale for $10 and can be purchased exclusively at www.beyondthemythmovie.com
Please view Beyond the Myth’s website to meet the team and characters, view the dogs behind Sherrill’s inspiration, take a peek at the Beyond the Myth trailer, or to make a donation in support of Beyond the Myth and its efforts.
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