Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Hip Hop Artists Join The Humane Society to Promote Anti-Dogfighting


Via press release: Top hip-hop artists Twista, EPMD and Mic Terror will perform an intimate concert to raise awareness and speak out against the cruelty of dogfighting on September 24, 2008 at the Metro in Chicago. During the show, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) will showcase its End Dogfighting in Chicago campaign through special appearances by the dogs and kids of its Pit Bull Training Team of Chicago.

Multi-platinum artist Twista partnered with the HSUS to support its effort to end dogfighting and shared, “For dogfighters to take advantage of the loyalty that dogs have toward humans and make them fight each other — often to the death — is not only cruel, but it is a tragedy.”

Tio Hardiman, special consultant to The HSUS’ national campaign to End Dogfighting shared, “We at The Humane Society of the United States are thrilled to see the hip hop community joining the effort to end dogfighting. Having such an influential facet of our society speak out against dogfighting serves as an incredibly valuable asset in the fight against this cruel blood sport.”

In 2006, The HSUS launched End Dogfighting in Chicago, a city-wide pilot program to combat street dogfighting. The End Dogfighting in Chicago campaign tackles dogfighting on several fronts:

Anti-Dogfighting Advocates— The HSUS hires young men with roots in the community to combat dogfighting on a grassroots level. In neighborhoods most impacted by this crime, they mediate with men and boys at risk of getting involved in dogfighting, and intervene in dogfights. Because they are respected community members, they can reach people others cannot.

Pit Bull Training Team — The HSUS holds free and accessible weekly pit bull training classes, which provide inspiring alternatives to dogfighting that showcase pit bulls as friends, not fighters.

Community Outreach — The HSUS holds events in the community to promote its anti-dogfighting message and develop trust in the community. Examples include vaccination clinics, dog house giveaways, rallies and religious leader outreach.

Law Enforcement Partnership — To fully eradicate street dogfighting, cops need to know what to look for. The HSUS partners with law enforcement, offering them training on catching dogfighting and providing a reward of up to $5,000 for tips leading to convictions.

Tickets are on sale now and available at metrochicago.com, the Metro box office and at the door on the night of the show. Doors will open at 8 p.m. and the show will begin at 9 p.m.

The event is produced by Masterplan Concepts, an organization dedicated to producing cause-related events. Executives Chad Brokaw and Rocco Giordano recently produced the J.A.M. Awards, an all star tribute to hip-hop pioneer Jam Master Jay. Performers included Snoop Dogg, De La Soul, Raekwon, LL Cool J, Mobb Deep, EPMD, Everlast and more. The event was sponsored by Adidas and raised money to support The Jam Master Jay Foundation for Music. For more information visit www.mstrpln.org.

{Thanks Chad}

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