Pit bulls recently gained their own political action committee (PAC), according to the Inquisitr. Now, thanks to The Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal, they will have their own PSA. Bernthal, who was recently crowned The Punisher for Marvel’s Netflix series Daredevil, has been known as a charitable man. It would appear he is also an owner of two pit bulls and is a big advocate of the breed. According to Fansided, Bernthal appears in a pit bull PSA by the group The Majority Project.
The pit bull PSA was started by the New York-based Animal Farm Foundation. Bernthal was asked to be the pit bull PSA spokesman for the group and was enlisted as their famous face to promote the Majority Project. Bernthal starts off his pit bull PSA by stating that his name is Jon Bernthal.
“Hey. I’m Jon Bernthal. I’m an actor, a father, and a I’m also a proud pit bull dog owner. This is Boss and Venice, and that is little Billy the kid. Unfortunately, pit bull dog owners are sometimes victims to negative stereotypes that have nothing to do with how much they love or care for their dogs, but laws and policy that target dog owners based on their dog’s breed or appearance won’t make communities safer. Holding all reckless dog owners accountable will.”
Bernthal goes on in the pit bull PSA to direct dog owners to the Majority Project website to send a picture of them, their dog, and sign about them. The site, themajorityproject.com, has a collage of pit bull owners in a pictorial, a less famous way of bringing forth a pit bull PSA.
The Animal Farm Foundation, the group behind the Majority Project, is located in Dutchess County, New York says that it formed to “secure equal treatment and opportunity for ‘pit bull’ dogs.” The Associated Press reports that Bernthal has had two dogs of the breed, as seen in his pit bull PSA, for sometime. His efforts are not just to help diminish stereotypes about the breed themselves, but also the dog owners that he says also are attached to the same stereotypes.
Through his pit bull PSA efforts, Bernthal hopes to destigmatize the breed and encourage people to adopt the canines. Besides his work with the Majority Project and The Walking Dead, Bernthal has landed the role of The Punisher in second season of Marvel and Netflix’s Daredevil. Somehow, one could see The Punisher with such a dog.
However, that might also be adding to seemingly endless amounts of negative imagery reported every day.
What are your thoughts? Is the Majority Project an effective way of dealing with BSL and stereotypes against the breed? Is there enough discrimination to warrant such a campaign? Leave your thoughts and comments below.
[Image Via Majority Project]