Tuesday, February 21, 2012
The Martyrs of the Cause
The pit bull advocacy is so much like a religion, it even has it's own cast of "Holy Martyrs" for the cause. Just to own a pit bull takes a real leap of faith. Just take a look at the definition of Martyr....A martyr (Greek: μάρτυς, mártys, "witness"; stem μάρτυρ-, mártyr-) is somebody who suffers PERSECUTION and DEATH for refusing to renounce, or accept, a belief or cause, usually religious. Consider the archetype of the Martyrs, HEROS who commit themselves to the cause, who face OPPOSITION (those who value public safety, called "haters" or "pitlers" by the pit bull and despite the RISK, shows COURAGE by ignoring the risks. They are KILLED by the opposition (or in this case, by the pit bull), and then the death is COMMEMORATED or CELEBRATED (in the pit bulls case, by a candlelight vigil or by donations...tithing...to the cause.)
Darla Napora, is the epitome of this kind of martyr. The irony that she was an avid supporter of a pitbull advocacy known as BADRAP, and killed along with the fruit of her womb, by her own dog, Gunner. Pit bull advocates started rumors that her husband Greg had actually killed her, along with the myth that she must have fallen from a ladder, and the dog must have gotten carried away by trying to "wake her up". In the end, absolved of his guilt by a priest, Greg decided that Darla and the cremated remains of her murderer would join the holy union of eternal rest. Lux Aeterna, Mater de Canis de Cavus.
Speaking of Saints, the pit bull community grabbed the suicide of a struggling actor named Nick Santino, to promote "awareness" of the harassment of pit bull owners. Nick's dog Rocco was allowed to live in a N.Y.C. apartment building, even grandfathered in, but apparently Nick didn't think of moving to another apartment building, giving the dog up, and resorted to euthanize the dog. According to some reports, the dog had recently begun to show signs of aggression, maybe the reason that management of the apartment building banned him from using the elevator. Who wants to ride in an elevator with an aggressive pit bull! Overcome with grief, Nick overdosed on pills and left a note stating,
“Today I betrayed my best friend. Rocco trusted me and I failed him. He didn’t deserve this.”
For the pit bull advocacy, Nick's suicide inspired candle light vigils and was used to promote an anti-BSL agenda. Saint Nick and Rocco were both cremated and their ashes shall be unified for eternity. Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis.
For Nick’s Dog Rocco
Then there's poor Lennox, an American Bulldog/Labrador cross, who was seized by the Belfast City Council and a judge declared that he be euthanized because the dog looked like a pit bull (they are absolutely right to do this, American Bulldogs ARE pit bull types of dogs, banned in Ireland.). The dog's owners chose to ignore the law, and have made their dog the poster child of international BSL. Lennox has a perpetual vigil on Facebook in his honor, likely many thousands of dollars have been raised for his cause, but not a penny contributed to pit bull victims. Lennox's life seems to have been preordained, a destiny, if you will. In truth, this dog was the innocent, but the city council was demonized for upholding their policy instead of the owners of the dog, who ignored the law. In my town, you can't keep a goat within city limits. I haven't heard of a goat mauling in quite a while. Ironic, when you consider that Satan himself is often portrayed as a goat. Kýrie, eléison
Candelight vigils for Pit Bulls
Candlelight Vigil For Wildside Dogs
Candlelight vigil for NC pit bull dogs (Wilkes County, NC) that were killed or died after being held as evidence to bust the convicted dog fighter, Ed Faron...over 127 pit bull dogs were killed ...Where is this event: ...Raleigh, NC (hopefully Capitol steps)....Wednesday, March 4 2009 at 7:00pm...candles, banners and dog collars (one for each dog that was killed or died) to represent the Wildside kennel dogs that are now dead. A bell or chime will sound and a collar will be placed in a pile until all of the dead dogs are represented...BSL and Animal welfare laws MUST be changed! Pit Bull Dog owners, we are asking for your support by attending this event.
Read more: http://www.pitbull-chat.com/showthread.php?24595-Candlelight-Vigil-For-Wildside-Dogs#ixzz1q3YQqyqQ