On Saturday, thousands of people will gather at the U.S. Capitol to give pit bull terriers – commonly referred to as Pibbles – a voice during the first ever One Million Pibble March. The event is organized by comedian Rebecca Corry (Comedy Central, King of Queens, Last Comic Standing).
Corry, a Kent, Wash. native and founder of the Stand Up for Pits Foundation, has worked tirelessly to organize the event, which will be held on the West Lawn of Capitol on Saturday from 12:30 – 2 pm.
Though the name of the march is “One Million Pibble,” only humans will be allowed because, after all, it is the Capitol.
The goal of the march and rally is spreading awareness about pit bull terriers and dog fighting, as well as protesting breed-specific legislation.
There has been a push to ban so-called “bully breeds” - a move Corry says is ridiculous. Corry calls it “breed discrimination legislation.”
“Breed specific legislation is banning the victim,” she said. “You don’t ban the victim. You get to the root of the problem and solve it.”
“It’s humans who force the dogs, not necessarily train them, but force them to do horrible things,” she said. “They’re born good, they’re inherently good… the Michael Vick dogs are a prime example of that. They knew nothing but torture but they are in loving homes today.”
Recently, President Obama spoke out about the ineffectiveness of the breed specific legislation (BSL) laws and ways to see it abolished.
Saturday's event was inspired by Corry’s own pit bull terrier, Angel, who was found in South Central Los Angeles. She had been used as a bait dog, physically abused and over bred.
“My goal is to create safe and humane communities for humans and pets by advocating, educating and offering solutions,” said Corry. “This is not just an animal issue; it is a social issue that affects us all. It is proven people who commit violent acts against animals will likely -- and most often times do go on to -- commit crimes against humanity. The targeting of pit bull terriers is an obvious reflection of broken society, but one that can be fixed. The Pibble March provides us a national platform to be the voice of millions of voiceless victims, and we will be heard. Abuse and discrimination can no longer be tolerated."
Confirmed guest speakers for the One Million Pibble March include:
• Key-note speaker Jamie Buehrle, wife of Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Mark Buehrle, whose family has been forced to live apart due to BSL laws
• Leah Brewer, owner of the first-ever hero Pibble, Elle the Hero Dog of 2013
• Roo Yori, owner of Hector, one of Michael Vick’s rehabilitated dogs and the late, great Wallace, subject of the New York Times bestseller Wallace
• Officer Kelly Steinhorn of the Baltimore Police Department, who famously saved the abused Pretzel the Pit Bull
• Several owners of other rescued pit bulls terriers who endured horrific abuse
Renowned dog trainer Cesar Millan has come out in support of Saturday's event. Celebrity supporters of The Stand Up For Pits Foundation include:
• Kaley Cuoco (Actress, The Big Bang Theory)
• Whitney Cummings (Actress, Whitney)
• Courtney Cox (Actress, Friends)
• David Arquette (Actor, Scream)
• Bill Burr (Actor, Breaking Bad)
• Cheri OTeri (Actress, Saturday Night Live)
• Moby (Singer-Songwriter, Innocents)
• Janeane Garafolo (Comedian, Saturday Night Live)
• Torrey Smith (Baltimore Ravens Superbowl Champion)
• Gerrard Shepperd (Baltimore Ravens Player)
• John Rallo (MMA Fighter)
"For 20 years I believed entertaining people was what I was meant to do until Angel came into my life and showed me that standing up for pits through entertainment is my true calling,” said Corry. “She has given my life a greater sense of purpose. Angel is the inspiration for this March, Stand Up For Pits and living proof that Pit Bull Terriers are in fact, inherently good."
Do you have a pit bull terrier?