New Meetup: Heads Up! Vigil to support changing dog-fighting laws

From: Stephanie H.
Sent on: Saturday, February 28, 2009 12:37 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Triangle Vegetarian & Vegan Meetup!

What: Heads Up! Vigil to support changing dog-fighting laws

When: March 4,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: As always a Heads Up! is information about an event you may or may not be interested in, not an official meetup.

I received the below info from the NC-AR yahoo group (the group focuses on contacting federal legislators regarding specific animal-protection related bills and contacting the media and writing letters to the editor regarding issues in the media related to animal protection). The recent rehabilitation of some of Michael Vick's former fighting dogs has shown that these poor dogs, already treated so poorly by humans, deserve a chance at a second life and should not just be euthanized across the board without evaluations. The below vigil hopes to shed light on their plight and enact change. Of course the larger the showing, the more attention the vigil will receive.

~ Stephanie


Candlelight vigil Wednesday to urge North Carolinians to support changing dog-fighting laws

RALEIGH, North Carolina ─ Organizers of Wednesday?s candlelight vigil hope lawmakers will enact change to guarantee dogs seized from dog-fighting operations will have the opportunity to be individually evaluated, rather than being automatically deemed ?dangerous? and destroyed.

The vigil will be held 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4 at Bicentennial Mall, 16 W. Jones St., in Raleigh, near the North Carolina General Assembly.

The recent mass euthanasia of 145 dogs ─ including about 75 puppies ─ prompted the candlelight vigil, said Laura Gonzo, one of the organizers. The dogs were seized from Wildside Kennels; a North Carolina dog-fighter?s breeding operation. Concerned citizens and representatives of animal rescue groups from across the state are planning to attend.

?We are so thankful that law enforcement and the courts took the crime of dog-fighting seriously and that it lead to a guilty plea by the dog fighter. But people across North Carolina, as well other parts of the country, expressed outrage because none of the dogs or 75 puppies from the dog fighter?s breeding operation were given any opportunity to be evaluated individually and the dogs were all destroyed. We North Carolina
humanitarians are calling on the legislature to act to prevent future tragedies,? Gonzo said.

CONTACTS:

Barbara Williamson (435)[masked] (cell) (or) [address removed]
John Polis (435)[masked], ext. 4858 or [address removed]
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VIGIL HIGHLIGHTS
Bell Tolled 145 Times
Dog Collar Countdown:
As a bell is rung 145 times --once for each of the Wildside Kennel dogs euthanized solely because they were seized from a dog-fighter?s breeding operation ? a collar will be placed in a circle.
Song: ?Wayfaring Stranger,? by Shelia Carlisle, noted North Carolinian blues singer
Meet Phantom: ?Ambassador Pit Bull? and some of his friends
Handout: Informational postcard featuring Leo rescued from the Michael Vick Bad Newz Kennels, now one of rescue group Our Pack ?Inc.?s certified therapy dogs.

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/triangleveg/calendar/9845137/

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