Not heard of Rebecca Corry? well, prepare to be staggered by how fantastic, inspirational and talented this woman is!
A comedienne and writer in the states, Rebecca has enjoyed a lot of success with her stand-up routines and worked with a number of big names, including Kelley Brooke and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting (yup, Penny from The Big bang Theory). But more than a successful woman in the crazy world of American media, Rebecca Corry has found the time to become the president of the Stand Up For Pits Foundation (http://standupforpits.us).
If you don’t know what BSL (Breed Specific Legislation) is, prepare to be horrified. In America, certain breeds of dog are subject to discrimination and barbaric treatment, purely due to the breed they happen to be. The equivalent would be discriminating against Staffordshire Bull Terriers in the UK, because a few small-minded people think the whole breed is ‘dangerous’. Having rescued Angel, a Pitbull, Rebecca has come to be disgusted by the prejudice levelled at these gentle pups and taken up the mantle of changing the legislation to no longer target unfoundedly labelled ‘dangerous’ breeds. More than this, she is also seeking to completely eradicate the cruel and hideous practice of dog fighting, which sees countless innocent animals being left to die by unscrupulous owners.
Does Angel look ‘dangerous’ to you? No, and yet she suffered unbearable torture at the hands of humans and has the capacity to love another. More than that, she eagerly wags her tail and looks forward to planting her unique brand of velvet hippo kisses on any human that approaches her.
So, juggling a hugely successful comedy and writing career as well as leading a country-wide protest against BSL, you can imagine how difficult it was to get any time with Rebecca and yet, she was amazing enough to speak with me. You may be sensing that I am fan-girling a little bit and you know what? I’m not ashamed to admit it. I own a Staffordshire Bull Terrier that has been treated appallingly by complete strangers, so I can relate to feelings of hatred towards BSL and those who stand behind it.
1. What advice would you give to fellow women who have creative aspirations and have faced disappointment or rejections?
NEVER GIVE UP. LIFE IS FILLED WITH DISAPPOINTMENT AND REJECTION. YOU CAN’T LET WHAT PEOPLE SAY OR DO DETERMINE YOUR ACTIONS.
2. Since becoming Angel’s personal assistant, you have become president of the Stand Up For Pits Foundation. Before sharing your life with Angel, were you aware of the plight of Pitbulls in America? Could you tell us a bit about Breed Specific Legislation (BSL)?
BEING OWNED BY ANGEL FOR ALMOST 7 YEARS HAS OPENED MY EYES TO A LEVEL OF IGNORANCE I NEVER KNEW EXISTED. BSL IS DISCRIMINATION ENSHRINED IN LAW. IT DEEMS CERTAIN BREEDS OF DOGS “INHERENTLY DANGEROUS” SOLEY BASED ON APPEARANCE. THEY ARE “LAWS” NOT BASED ON FACTS. ENFORCING THE BANNING OF ANY RACE, RELIGION OR BREED IS FAR MORE DANGEROUS TO SOCIETY THAN ANY DOG COULD BE. “PITBULL TYPE DOGS” ARE THE VICTIMS AND MIRROR THE REFLECTION OF A BROKEN SOCIETY. BANNING A “TYPE” OF DOG IS INEFFECTIVE, COSTING TAX PAYERS LOTS OF MONEY AND A WAY TO AVOID THE BIGGER PROBLEM, THAT PROBLEM BEING WE HAVE BROKEN, UNEDUCATED AND ILL EQUIPPED PEOPLE GETTING DOGS WHO SHOULD NOT HAVE THEM. INSTEAD OF PROVIDING FUNDING AND JOBS THAT WOULD ALLOW WHAT LAWS ARE IN PLACE TO BE ENFORCED PROPERLY, THEY CHOOSE TO BAN THE VICTIM. IT IS NOT THE ANSWER, IT’S SHAMEFUL AND DISCRIMINATORY. IT IS NOT OKAY.
3. You have a lot of fellow celebrity supporters, including Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, a known Pitbull lover and dog rescue advocate. Has it proved helpful to have influential people fighting with you or can we all make a difference? What can we do to help?
OF COURSE IT HAS. ANYONE WHO REACHES LARGE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE AND SPEAKS THE TRUTH IS ALWAYS HELPFUL, BUT EVERYONE HAS THE ABILITY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE AS WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP? THE ANSWER IS EVERYTHING. WE LIVE IS A DAY AND AGE WHERE HELPING IS EASY. TO NOT HELP TAKES A CONSCIOUS DECISION. FOSTER, DONATE, EDUCATE, ADVOCATE, VOLUNTEER AT YOUR LOCAL SHELTER, REPORT ABUSE, NEGLECT OR DOG FIGHTING TO 1-877-TIP-HSUS (if in America), DONATE BLANKETS AND FOOD TO SHELTERS, HELP A NEIGHBOUR OR FRIEND WHO HASN’T GOTTEN THEIR DOG FIXED TO GET THEIR DOG FIXED. THE LIST GOES ON AND ON. IF EVERYONE DID ALL THEY COULD, WE COULD BE A NO-KILL NATION.
4. When someone feels a pull to a cause but has no idea how to start fighting, what advice would you give them?
EDUCATE YOURSELF. READ EVERYTHING. LEARN ALL SIDES. THE MORE YOU KNOW ABOUT YOUR CAUSE THE MORE EFFECTIVE YOU CAN BE.
If you can spare a few minutes, please read up on BSL and think about donating to the Stand Up For Pits Foundation. Regardless of where in the world we are, we can make a difference and I can tell you, from personal experience, that the t-shirts and hoodies are lovely and worth every penny!