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Actor Jon Bernthal Joins Fellow Pit Bull Advocates in a New PSA for Animal Farm Foundation

The newly cast Punisher for Marvel's "Daredevil" series shares his love for the dogs and calls for an end to breed-specific legislation in AFF's video.

Meghan Lodge  |  Jun 11th 2015


Former “Walking Dead” actor Jon Bernthal may be busy prepping for his new role as The Punisher on “Daredevil,” Marvel’s comic book turned TV show for Netflix, but he always makes time to be a superhero to Pit Bulls. His most recent effort for the breed? Starring in a just-released PSA for Animal Farm Foundation.

As part of AFF’s Majority Project photo campaign, Bernthal hopes to destigmatize “Pit Bull” dogs and their loving owners. He posed for a picture with his own dogs, Boss and Venice, along with his two-year-old son, Billy, while holding a sign that reads, “I am a father. I am a “Pit Bull” dog owner. I am the MAJORITY.”

Jon Bernthal takes part in The Majority Project campaign. (Photo by Matt Petit/Feature Photo Service for Animal Farm Foundation)

Jon Bernthal takes part in The Majority Project campaign. (Photo by Matt Petit/Feature Photo Service for Animal Farm Foundation)

The actor’s love for his dogs does not go unnoticed by fans, as he frequently posts photos of them on social media. He makes his thoughts about breed-specific legislation clear in the PSA, saying “My dogs, Boss and Venice, are members of my family, and I love them just like they’re one of my kids. Just like us, dogs deserve to be treated as individuals. Laws that discriminate based on breed unfairly target not only dogs but also the innocent families who love and care for them.”

Bernthal with Boss and Venice. (Photo by Matt Petit/Feature Photo Service for Animal Farm Foundation)

Bernthal with Boss and Venice. (Photo by Matt Petit/Feature Photo Service for Animal Farm Foundation)

The PSA also includes other “Pit Bull” dogs and owners who took part in the Majority Project photo campaign. Among them are:

Eric, a cancer biologist and his dog, Red, of Cambridge, Mass.

Eric, a cancer biologist, and his dog, Red, of Cambridge, Mass.

Nonny, a great grandmother, and Ginger, of Washington D.C.

Nonny, a great grandmother, and Ginger, of Washington D.C.

Father Humble, a priest, and Aura, of Flowery Branch, Ga.

Father Humble, a priest, and Aura, of Flowery Branch, Ga.

Rebecca, a teacher, and Carmela, of Tucson, Ariz.

Rebecca, a teacher, and Carmela, of Tucson, Ariz.

Future animal advocate, and Molly, of Covington, GA.

Future animal advocate and Molly, of Covington, Ga.

See Bernthal and more Pit Bull advocates in the PSA:

Do you have a Pit Bull or Pit Bull mix? You can still take part in the campaign, which runs on AFF’s website, and on its Tumblr and Facebook pages. So, visit TheMajorityProject.com to print a sign, then grab your pooch and get to snapping.

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About Meghan Lodge: Fits the Aquarius definition to a fault, loves animals, and is always pushing for change. Loves ink, whether it’s in tattoos, books, or writing on that pretty sheet of blank paper. Proud parent of Toby (cat) and Axle (dog). I’m a former quiet nerd who’s turned bubbly animal-obsessed advocate.