The Animal News Desk / Cathy Kangas
I urge you to see "Beyond the Myth," a wonderful film about the much-maligned pit bulls and those who love them. It will be screened for one night only, Thursday, June 23, at the Bow-Tie Marquis 16 at 100 Quarry Road in Trumbull at 7 p.m. General admission is $12 and tickets are available at www.beyondthemythmovie.com/screenings.shtml or call the theater directly at 203-365-6500. The screening is hosted by Bully Breed Rescue and the Meriden Humane Society.
Because I really believe that this is an important film, my company, PRAI Beauty, is offering free tickets to the first 50 people who e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once we have confirmed your email, the ticket will be left at the will call window at the Bow-Tie Marquis 16 cinema.
The special guest for the evening will be Cherry the Vicktory Dog. Cherry was one of 53 pit bulls rescued from Michael Vick's dog fighting compound and taken in by Best Friends Sanctuary. He was subsequently adopted by a couple who saw him featured in a National Geographic TV show "Dog Town."
According to Libby Sherrill, the filmmaker responsible for "Beyond the Myth," the documentary focuses on the myths and misconceptions surrounding pit bulls and those who love the breed. It also defends them. The film takes a hard look at the contributing factors behind the public's generalized fear of the dogs and examines the conflict that exists between advocates and opponents of Breed Specific Legislation (BSL).
Supporters of BSL are trying to end to dog attacks by targeting certain breeds like pit bulls, claiming they are by nature vicious and dangerous. Opponents of BSL believe that the root of the problem lies not with the breed, but with the individual owner. Sherrill's own dog, Sugar, is a pit bull mix who loves other dogs, cats and especially people.
The pit bull is a special breed. They need to know who is boss and require a great deal of extra affection and love. They don't do well with owners teaching them to "sic" other animals or people because their protective nature means they may very well do just that.
This is an important film. It finally sets the record straight about pit bulls once and for all.
New Canaan resident Cathy Kangas is a member of the Humane Society of the United States' National Council. As the owner of PRAI Beauty Inc., an international skincare company, she started Beauty with a Cause, and commits a percentage of her company's profits to help animal welfare organizations around the world.