An official White House response was issued at the We the People website in connection with the petition circulating there, asking that breed-specific legislation (BSL) be banned at the federal level. The petition had received over 30,000 signatures. The response is a positive step for guardians of pit bulls and any banned breeds.
We don't support breed-specific legislation -- research shows that bans on certain types of dogs are largely ineffective and often a waste of public resources.
The response from the White House further confirms what advocates have always tried to make the general public understand about dog bites and vicious dogs. It states in part:
…dogs of any breed can become dangerous when they're intentionally or unintentionally raised to be aggressive.
The study results from the CDC confirmed BSL is not effective in preventing dog bites, injuries, or fatal attacks to humans, and is very costly to both the agencies involved and the private citizens whose dogs are seized under these laws and regulations.
Links are provided below for both the White House response and for the study results from the CDC.
This is a positive step forward for advocates of pit bulls and other banned breeds. The study will most likely be used as the basis to request a repeal of many bans on specific breeds that exist, and perhaps can be used to help prevent those bans in the future.
This is a battle that has been waged for years by advocates around the globe. Over the years, hundreds of thousands of innocent dogs have been killed because of these baseless laws, and so many hearts broken over the loss of beloved furry family members. This is a positive step, but much work must be done in order to see that the existing BSL laws and regulations are overturned, and future ones are never allowed. Future laws and regulations should be geared towards the actual bad deeds, rather than singling out specific breeds.
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