Target: Gorman Bechard
Goal: Thank filmmaker Gorman Bechard for making a documentary about Gucci, an abused dog
In 1994 a chow-husky mix named Gucci was hung from a tree and set on fire by three men in Alabama. He was 12 weeks old at the time. Gucci somehow managed to survive and the terrible event spawned what is now known as Gucci’s Law, which makes first-degree animal cruelty punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $5,000 fine. A group of filmmakers led by documentarian Gorman Bechard have decided to tell Gucci’s story through film and deserve our most heartfelt thanks. Sign this petition and let Mr. Bechard and his team know their hard work and support of animal rights is appreciated.
Gucci was eventually adopted by Professor Doug James who took care of him until he had to be euthanized in 2010. He says, “He was a wonderful dog. We had a great life. People still remember him. I am glad of that.” During those six years Gucci managed to become famous. People from all over the world sent James gifts and offered their time and help. After he recovered, Gucci visited local schools, made appearances at animal rights events, and popped up on news programs like “Inside Edition.” The story of this little pup managed to bring an unprecedented awareness to animal cruelty and now, through this new documentary, it will continue to do so for decades.
Bechard’s wife came up with the idea after reading an article about Gucci and encouraged him to pursue it. The film is scheduled to be done in September 2013 and will have it’s first showing in Mobile, Alabama. Please sign the petition below to thank Gorman Bechard, his film crew, and everyone else who has managed to keep Gucci’s story alive.
Dear Gorman Bechard,
By the end of this year you will be premiering a documentary based on the life of Gucci, the dog who was hung by a tree and set on fire in Alabama. Thank you so much for your commitment to making this film and for ensuring that his story is never forgotten. In a very short amount of time this little pup managed to bring an awareness to animal cruelty that is rarely seen, and thanks to you, it will continue to do so for decades.
It is not often that the film industry makes an effort to put animal abuse in the spotlight. We certainly wish your documentary a great deal of success and hope that it will influence other filmmakers, artists, and activists to take a stand and keep animal cruelty in the public eye.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Mike Kittrell