APNM Reaches Out to New Audiences
to Help Knock Out Animal Cruelty

June 28: 'Friday Night Fights' Help APNM Expose Cruelty of Dog Fighting

Josh Torres, 23, made his professional debut in boxing in 2008 and was trained by the late Johnny Tapia. He is ranked by NewMexicoBoxing.com as New Mexico's #1 Welterweight. When he's not boxing or training, his favorite hobby is spending time with his family. His ultimate goal is to become a world champion and, more importantly, a positive role model to his son. He hopes to inspire the youth who look up to him both in and out of the ring. He'll be doing just that at the Friday Night Fights on June 28th at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Josh will be available for a photo shoot with youth and T-Bone the dog at the APNM outreach table.

Albuquerque boxing promoter Joe Chavez, of Chavez Promotions, wants to make New Mexico communities safer. What, you may ask, does that have to do with boxing? Joe believes that the sport of boxing helps young athletes become physically stronger and mentally prepared for the ring of life.

By giving these youth the outlet they need for success through this highly-regulated sport, he can help them focus their life goals while sharpening their skills in the boxing ring and in the community.

But Joe recognizes that not all forms of fighting are acceptable, regulated, or even legal. So he's decided to deliver a strong uppercut to the despicable and still prolific blood sport of dogfighting. A portion of sponsorships for Chavez Promotions' popular Friday Night Fights will be provided to APNM to support its humane education programs in schools and communities.

Join APNM on Friday night, June 28, at the Albuquerque Convention Center for a special night with two special guests. Local pro boxer Josh Torres may be called "The Pit Bull" in the ring, but he is speaking out against the illegal and cruel practice of dogfighting, which still goes on underground in New Mexico.

Meet T-Bone! This wonderful pitbull serves as a great ambassador for APNM's work to eliminate dogfighting. T-Bone, a registered therapy dog owned and handled by Karen Peer, will join up with local boxing celebrity Josh Torres for a photo opportunity with youth attending the event.

On that Friday night, Josh will meet a real pitbull named T-Bone! This gentle canine is a registered Southwest Canine Corps of Volunteers therapy dog whose usual audience includes patients at Lovelace Hospital. T-Bone will be available for photo opportunities with Josh and youth who attend the event. Won't you join APNM and show your support for a sport that gives young people a positive outlet, and a cause that alleviates unthinkable suffering?

Tickets are on sale now. The doors open at 6 p.m., but be sure to get there early to take advantage of the photo shoot with boxer Josh Torres and T-Bone.

Chavez Promotions

APNM was selected by Chavez Promotions as one of three local non-profits that will benefit from proceeds generated by the boxing matches. Crossroads for Women and Youth Development, Inc. (YDI) will also benefit. APNM plans to utilize contributions to support its growing school-based humane education program, Open Hearts = Open Minds. Though dogfighting in New Mexico is illegal, we still have a long way to go to finally stamp out this gruesome form of animal abuse.

Dogfighting, depicted by a child from memory; this drawing, produced by a fifth-grade Albuquerque student enrolled in APNM's school-based humane education program, demonstrates that children are exposed to this heinous crime, and probably to other illegal activities associated with it.

Testimonials about the cruelty of dogfighting come, unfortunately, through some of the children enrolled in APNM's program. To assess students' awareness of animal issues, Educational Outreach Director Sherry Mangold asks third- through fifth-grade students to literally draw from their experiences with animals. Drawings of the dogfighting ring have been produced by students before any of Sherry's teachings on the subject began, demonstrating the children's direct exposure to the crime. Dogfighting activities are often accompanied by other illicit behaviors such as illegal gambling and drug trafficking.

APNM hopes to expose new audiences to the realities of dogfighting, and to dispel myths associated with pitbulls and other dogs forced into fighting. The connection between a real boxer, Josh Torres, and a real pitbull, T-Bone, has the potential to shed a positive light on both. T-Bone was rescued from an abusive situation and brought to a shelter for safety. T-Bone's owner and handler is Karen Peer, an exercise rehabilitation therapist, who recognized his sweet temperament and potential to help people. He will soon be assessed for his potential as a Search and Rescue dog.





Daniel Abram and Joe Chavez

In late April, New Mexico boxing promoter Joe Chavez, of Chavez Promotions, invited Daniel Abram, Deputy Director of APNM, to make an appearance at the Friday Night Fight held at the YDI Wool Warehouse in Albuquerque. Chavez introduced APNM to the attending audience, reminding them that "boxing may be cool, but dogfighting in a pit is cruel!" Daniel (left) is joined by local boxing event sponsor William McBride, who presented a donation to APNM for its Humane Education Program.




Friday Night Fights Tickets On Sale

Chavez Promotions

Crossroads for Women

Youth Development, Inc.