(PRWEB) September 03, 2008
Los Gatos, CA (PRWEB) September 3, 2008 -- It is estimated that there are over 40,000 professional dog fighters in the United States and as many as 100,000 amateurs involved in the barbaric activity, including children and gang-affiliated teens. Dog fighting is extremely common in urban areas where young adults, driven by a machismo mentality, use dogs as an extension of their egos and competitiveness.
The http://www.prweb.com/releases/2008/08/prweb1174374.htm award winning "Knock Out Dog Fighting" program is part of an educational campaign, designed by For Pits' Sake, Inc. founder Kris Crawford, to combat the cruel and inhumane activity of dog fighting. "One of the things we do with our anti-dog fighting campaign is go to schools, youth groups and juvenile detention centers to provide alternatives to dog fighting," Crawford said. "Teens listen to their peers so we are thrilled to have the Hybrid Crew join us, to show kids how to battle with moves on the dance floor instead of with dogs on the streets."
Hybrid Crew is a competitive b-boy (breakdance) group established in 2002 with 14 members from the San Francisco Bay area and Brooklyn, New York. Members of Hybrid Crew have competed from California to New York, from Oregon to Florida, and internationally in 2007 to Malaysia.
"If you ask me on the issue of dog fighting," said Mad Tek, "I will tell you that it is the result of the lack of respect. As a b-boy, respect starts with myself and it resonates in the Hip Hop movement where the true principles of the culture are peace, harmony and love. Peace is for the struggling people, harmony is the gathering as well as empowerment of people, and love is the love for life, which brings me to join the Knock Out Dog Fighting program, fighting against the ills of cruelty happening today. I believe that living in conjunction with creative entities such as b-boying (breakdance) will channel energy from hate to creative expression because b-boys spend majority of their time perfecting their craft much like a quarter-back perfecting his plays on the field than spending time living in a morbid state of life."
Breakdancing, or b-boying, is a street dance style that became popular in the in the 1970's as a constructive youth culture alternative to the violence of urban street gangs. In a turn-based showcase of dance routines, the winning side was determined by the dancer(s) who could outperform the other by displaying a set of more complicated and innovative moves.
So far in 2008, Hybrid Crew has organized two b-boy competitions in Cupertino, CA with two more coming up in October and November in Santa Clara and Palo Alto, CA respectively. The informal competitions have drawn hundreds of teens who challenge their peers for bragging rights and respect through dance moves, not violence.
Last week, Crawford, her retired pit bull Search & Rescue dog, Tahoe, and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) athletes Jose Palacios (Strikeforce) and Anthony "Rumble" Johnson (UFC) visited the Santa Clara County Juvenile Detention Center. "We talked about dogs, dog fighting, second chances and how to become socially responsible and physically healthy contributing members of society," said Crawford. In the presentation, Johnson and Palacios put an emphasis on self-respect and the self-discipline and self-motivation to undertake challenges previously dismissed as unobtainable.
Breakdancing also involves self-discipline and self-motivation and is a competitive alternative to dog fighting and gang violence.
Through this partnership, Knock Out Dog Fighting and Hybrid Crew hope to "break" the cycle of violence through prevention and intervention, keeping teenagers from becoming adults who abuse animals and engage in other forms of violent behavior.
Help stop the abuse. For more information and to help with this youth outreach program go to: http://www.KnockOutDogFighting.org. award winning
http://www.ForPitsSake.org About For Pits Sake, Inc. (ForPitsSake.org):
For Pits' Sake, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, has been a leader in the community for over a decade in human and animal rescue efforts, safety programs for children, and humane education. As world-famous search and rescue dogs, the For Pits' Sake pit bulls responded to over 200 search missions including high profile cases such as the search for Laci Peterson and the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. These pit bulls - Cheyenne, Dakota & Tahoe - are also trained therapy dogs that work with disabled and abused children. Because of the success they've had with their programs and activities, Crawford and her pit bulls have received numerous awards, including the American Red Cross Real Hero Award, a Certificate of Appreciation from the FBI, letters of appreciation from Senators and Assembly Members and a letter from the Governor of CA stating that they "demonstrate the true strength of California and represent the best of the Golden State".
Hybrid Crew is a competitive b-boy (breakdance) group established in 2002 with 14 members from the San Francisco Bay area and Brooklyn, New York. Members of Hybrid Crew have competed from California to New York, from Oregon to Florida, and internationally in 2007 in Malaysia. By the end of summer 2008, Hybrid has organized two b-boy competitions in Cupertino, CA with two more coming up in October and November in Santa Clara and Palo Alto, CA respectively. Currently, Hybrid Crew member, MadTek, is the breakdance instructor at Northwest YMCA, Dance Studio 10, and Dance Academy USA. Other talents in Hybrid Crew include videographer, photographer, MC's, DJ's, models, actor, animator, graphic artist, and web designer.