Seattle, WA – On September 1, a rally is being held at Westlake Park in downtown Seattle. The rally is being organized by Families and Dogs against Fighting Breeds (FDAFB),
The rally’s intent is to raise support for the ban of “fighting breeds” such as Pit bulls, Cane Corsos, Akitas and other similar breeds, from all off leash areas, as well as public parks.
The FDAFB group views dogs as a general breed with innate characteristics which make them unacceptable to meld into society – FDAFB chooses not to view individual dogs.
(If this same mentality was imposed upon humans – all whites would possess exactly the same traits – all blacks – all asians… no one would have an individual personality – you get the picture)
That mentality is another story altogether – this particular article is focusing on whether or not owners of these breeds of dogs should show up at the rally.
Should Pit bull owners bring their well-behaved dogs to the event in an effort to prove to the naysayers that they are harmless?
Should ambassadors of the breed mingle with the breed haters to prove that they are peaceful creatures?
Or, is the event, already laced with angst, something which should be skipped by those opposed to it?
Will there be enough anger at the rally that bringing dogs and strongly opposing views will only “stir the pot”?
Some pro-Pit organizations are asking their supporters to show up at the event and stage a peaceful protest with their companions.
Other Pit bull organizations are asking their supporters to avoid the demonstration – believing that the tension which will surely be present will end poorly for those in attendance.
If things get ugly in the tense atmosphere, will Pit bull (and other “fighting breeds”) owners look worse? If the dogs sense the tension in the air, might they be overly reactive?
Where do you weigh in on this topic?
Do you think that peaceful protesters should be in attendance with their dogs? Should they show up without their dogs? Should they avoid the event altogether?
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