2014 Note: Although this original post is from 2012, we’re always accepting new photos. If you’d like to be a part of The Majority Project, please follow the instructions below!
As scientific study and research continues to prove that “pit bull” dogs are just like any other dog, we’re now facing a different, equally challenging, hurdle: proving that “pit bull” dog owners are just like any other dog owner.
Why is it so important that we make this point? Because the false belief that only criminals and reckless people want “pit bull” dogs leads to restricted adoption policies, breed specific legislation, and other discriminatory policies.
From law makers and shelter policy makers to talk show hosts and strangers in the checkout line, the stereotype is that “good” people don’t live with “pit bull” dogs.
We know this isn’t true.
And we no longer want to be discriminated against because of the actions of small minority of dog owners.
Now we need your help to show the world that “pit bull” dog owners are everyday people and we are the majority. Help us spread the message that responsible, loving “pit bull” dog families are the rule, not the exception.
In the coming months, we’ll be shining a spotlight on the millions of everyday “pit bull” dog families in a variety of ways. Here’s how you can help:
1. Download and print this 8.5 x11 (standard printer paper size) POSTER
2. In the blank spot, fill in a word that describes your valued role in your community or in your family.
For example: I am a Mother, Student, Bus Driver, Business Owner, Tax Payer, Husband, Volunteer, Teacher, Voter, Coach, Homeowner, Grandma, Mentor, etc.
Be sure to write this clearly – use a fat marker – and keep it simple. One or two words will do! The point is to remind others that you make a positive contribution at home or in the world.
3. Gather up your family dogs, hold up the poster, and have your photo taken. If there are multiple people in your photo – such as other family members – have each individual hold up their own, personalized poster.
4. Email your best photo to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Include the names of everyone in the photo, including your dogs, and your location.
5. Give your dog a treat.
Special Note to All the Pit Bull Awareness Day Event Planners: your upcoming event is a great time to ask a diverse crowd of people and dogs to participate in this perception-shifting campaign! Please consider printing out a stack of posters and participating in this photo project. The more the merrier!
Thank you everyone!
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