Did you know that about 57% of the population don’t believe that dogfighting actually happens in their communities?
And yet, approximately 40,000 individuals actively participate in dogfighting activities in the United States.
One of the most heinous and most brutal forms of animal cruelty you will ever hear about, dogfighting is a sport wherein people pit dogs together in a makeshift ring and force them to fight to the death. It is not as widespread as it used to be, but even forced underground, the inhumane bloodsport still persists and degrades dogs’ quality of life.
Despite its horrors, however, many people still know only a little about the sport. So, in an effort to open more people’s eyes to the abusive effects of the bloodsport, Brandon Wynn and his colleagues co-produced a film entitled “Chance”.
“I’m not necessarily just pushing this film, but (I want to) bring awareness to the issue—the issue of dogfighting and responsible pet ownership that this film brings around.”
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The animated film talks about how an optimistic puppy has been forced into the brutal world of underground dogfighting, as well as how he embarks on a journey of hope, courage, love, compassion, family, and friendship, as he and his cherished friends make a pact to live through the horrors and escape to a place where they can be at peace without having to fight.
Chance tells the story from the eyes of the innocents who had the misfortune to become victims of the bloodsport (i.e., the dogs). According to Brandon,
“With the film, I’m not going to go too far because we got questions. But the beautiful part about this film is that it really allows an everlasting conversation around the issue surrounding dogfights. And it leads to social justice, responsible pet ownership, you know—understanding, you know, what is—what leads to some of these issues? Is it just bad neighborhoods, or some things we have learned… services gambling. You got white-collared dog fights as well, these big, high-stake bets. So, it’s an interesting dynamic that this film allows the world to finally come together and talk about a subject where it brings a lot of other issues into it as well. By having a dog relay that message, it kind of gets the message further than humans.”
Like many of his colleagues, Brandon understood that it can be difficult to have a conversation about the many things that go around the issue of dogfighting. However, considering that dogfighting still occurs in many parts of the country despite being illegal in all 50 U.S. states, Brandon and his co-producers wanted to help educate, bring awareness, and evoke change. Because of this, they decided to delve into platforms like films, where it can be a little easier to talk about and relate to.
Although “Chance” was co-produced with the intention to showcase the reality and shed light on the issue of dogfighting, Brandon stated that they still consider the film both family-friendly and kid-friendly. However, he was also vocal in saying that it would depend on how comfortable the parents are in tackling the matter with their children.
“In most movies, you don’t necessarily see bad things happen to dogs, you know? So, I think just being an advocate for animals and understanding the mental aspect of it, that’s a part that I went into in the script… And we had to take some things out,”
The film talks about “Chance”, a dog with dreams and strong values who believes in standing up for what’s right. He and his group of friends dream of living a happy life. However, they are eventually forced to face cruelty that could soon be their reality and alter the happy life they long for.
“Chance” is available on many platforms, including Apple TV and Amazon. So, if you’re someone who wants to get a bigger discussion going on about the topic of dogfighting, “Chance” is a great resource to bring more people together.
Want to know more about Chance the Film?
Check out the trailer on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9f-OfNNjHM&t=0s.
Visit out their website at https://chancethefilm.com/.
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