During Stevens' trial, the ACF was actively engaged in litigation against Denver and Aurora regarding their pit bull bans, as well as the State of Ohio (Toledo v. Tellings) regarding their pit bull law. Glen Bui testified in the Stevens' trial that, "Mr. Stevens' films were 'extremely educational' and had serious historical value documenting the history of dogfighting and its cultural role in Japan." The jury rejected the defense's testimony and convicted Stevens in 45 minutes.
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Glen Bui, acting Vice-President of the American Canine Foundation, an organization working to "end animal cruelty," Bui Dep. at 13:19-20, testified that Mr. Stevens' films were "extremely educational" and had serious historical value documenting the history of dog fighting and its cultural role in Japan. Id. at 13:32-34.1 He also explained that images from Mr. Stevens' films had been extracted and used by animal rights organizations to campaign against dog fighting. . at 14:12-13.
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« Kumiko Motokis’s White Fang was for me perhaps the most exciting book dummy submitted to this year’s Kassel Fotobookfestival. Based on an actual dog fight that took place in Aomori in Northern Japan in early 2014, this slim soft-cover publication moves cleverly between colour and black-and-white imagery: colour for the build-up before the event; black and white for the fight scenes; colour for the brutal outcome. Varying between formal, straight-up portraiture, and Antoine D’Agataesque blurred imagery, along with well-placed inserts on the history of dog fighting in Japan — which is only banned in some areas across the country — this book perfectly manages to walk the fine line between the gruesomeness of this ancient and brutal practice and the well-crafted aesthetic of a modern-day photo book. » – Curt Holtz, Prestel Publishing
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