Monday, 13 July 2009

Saving Bruce - Coming Events!

Firstly an apology for the lack of blogs. We are inundated with emails etc. However the following have been set up by Bruce "supporters" and details forwarded so pull out your diaries and see if you can attend the following:


Please join us in New York City on July 23rd to support the "Bring Bruce Home" campaign, a peaceful demonstration o f protest and enlightenment. We will also be fighting the BSL (Breed Specific Legislation) ordinance that the New York Housing Authority enacted last month, which banned many different breeds from it’s public housing. We want New York City to realize that we will not allow BSL to take the lives of our animals, and we will be armed with educational tools to spread awareness about these ignorant and vicious laws.

Thousands around the world have heard of "Bruce", a young Staffordshire Bull Terrier rescued from a cardboard box off the streets of Northern Ireland. He once lived in peace with the only family he ever knew – but now lives caged in isolation - abused and neglected for the past 2 years at the hands of Northern Ireland's government. Bruce's tragedy is one of many sad tales of an innocent victim falling prey to the horrors of the Dangerous Dog Act and Breed Specific Legislation.
According to the Dangerous Dogs Act in Northern Ireland, if a dog is found by the courts to be of a banned breed then it shall be destroyed.

These dogs are sentenced to die based solely on their physical characteristics, not their deeds. Bruce was not judged on his gentle-loving manner, or for being a family pet and possessing a kind nature and beautiful soul.
Bruce was scheduled to die on July 6th 2009, but was granted a last minute stay of execution. His life still hangs in the balance. After this news went public, there was a massive outpouring of compassionate citizens from all over the world dedicated and united in saving Bruce's life. His fight has touched thousands and now we are reaching out to touch even more.

Bruce's family is alone, in terror, in pain, and in devastating silence. Please invite your family, friends and loved ones so that we can be a voice for the voiceless, and speak up for all of the lives lost due to Breed
Specific Legislation and the Dangerous Dog Laws. We will demonstrate against what this law actually is - BREED GENOCIDE LAW.

Be one among hundreds, if not thousands, who are ready and willing to stand up, to be seen, to be heard, and to make a change. We must be united in solidarity to repeal this law of inhumanity.

After the demonstration, we will end the evening by lighting a candle and joining the rest of the world as we pause (paws) shoulder to shoulder, and heart to heart in recognition for all of us fighting to "Bring Bruce Home". We are uniting to make a change for Bruce and for all dogs – so that no other dog falls victim to senseless animal cruelty, and so that all dogs already victimized by this law did not die in vain.

Meet us on Thursday July 23, 2009 at 6:00pm at the North entrance to Washington Square Park. We will be assembling in front of the arch, at 5th avenue and Waverly Pl. Directions: Take the A, B, C, D, E, F, or Q to the W. 4th St / Washington Square stop. Or take the R, W to the 8th St. stop. Or take the 6 train to the Astor Pl. stop.
Please email Caroline at or Amy at or Julie at if you have any questions.
Visit the NYC Pit Bull Group website for additional information - Thank you! See you on the 23rd!!



"Paws" for a moment of silence and join us in lighting a candle in honor, support and recognition of our beautiful canine friend, "Bruce", an innocent victim and pawn of Northern Ireland's Breed Specific Legislation law.

We can not do many things for Bruce as he still sits - just under 2 years - caged, isolated, and physically neglected at the hands of a government agency. These laws were enacted to decrease harm to its' citizens but is now causing harm to many dogs, including Bruce, and their families.

We can not break him free.

We can not ease his confusion and sadness of being taken from the only home he has ever known.

We can not relieve his suffering, and the pain that he continues to endure, nor can we replace his once-beautiful and healthy tail, now amputated from this government's abuse and neglect.

What we can do is pause "paws" for a moment of silence and light our flame in honor of "Bruce", in support of his steadfast-unwavering courage, continuing trust and devotion, and in recognition of his undeniable "spirit", that continues to touch the world.

We can "paws" to honor all of our canine friends and their families around the world who have lost their lives to Breed Specific Legislation and Dangerous Dog Act Laws, this criminal - breed genocide law, and vow to make a change, worldwide, one goal, one purpose, uniting us all in solidarity to repeal this law of inhumanity.

On Thursday, July 23rd 2009 at dusk in your part of the world, with your beloved pets safe at your side, light a candle and "paws" for this powerful moment of silence in honor, in support, and in recognition for all of us fighting to "Bring Bruce Home" uniting to make a change for "Bruce" and the many lives already lost--so that they did not die in vain.

Capture the moment with a digital photograph or video and please send to: and/or so that we may record this historical moment in our fight for justice and publish these touching moments for the world to see.

And finally:

Okay – this is the idea (it’s not my idea but, like an opportunist burglar, I’ve picked it up and am running with it as fast as I can. Lol)

A candle lit vigil for Bruce, the alleged pit bull in Northern Ireland.

Here’s how it works. I am told that some protests are being organised in America on Bruce’s behalf and are planned for Thursday 23rd July. I’d like to complement this effort with a world-wide photographic candle-lit vigil to be published on the same day.

What is needed.

1) A candle

2) A sign saying ‘Save Bruce’ or ‘Bring Bruce Home’

3) A camera

What to do.

1) Persuade, cajole, bully, bribe and threaten as many people as possible to join in the photograph.

2) Take photograph

3) Upload photo and post on this thread where I will copy it or email it directly to

What happens then?

1) On 23rd July the pictures will be published on Facebook or Bebo or both.

2) A press release will be issued by DDAWatch.

3) A new video will be released with the pictures included.

Points to remember.

1) Make the sign big, clear and central

2) It’s a sombre purpose so big, cheesey smiles are probably not needed.

3) If you are under 16 then please make sure that a parent gives permission and is in the photograph too.


  1. I feel so much pain about this situation and Bruce is now so close to my heart, if only he could know how the world is fighting for his freedom....Do you know of an event in California? and what about contacting Oprah? I know she is an animal lover...What about someone from an other part of the world where pitbulls are allowed to adopt Bruce? would the Irish governement take that in consideration? I'm sure you got so much mail but I would like if possible to be posted on the situation...Thank you. Svlvia Philippon

  2. Here is my email and myspace page

  3. Should the vigil be held on the 23rd, or the day before? Does it matter?