The White House has officially stated that they are not in support of breed-specific legislation (BSL), reported Tuesday's publication of the Huffington Post.
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.
In 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at twenty years of data about dog bites and human fatalities in the United States. They found that fatal attacks represent a very small proportion of dog bite injuries to people and that it's virtually impossible to calculate bite rates for specific breeds.
Lisa LaFontaine, president of the Washington Humane Society, is hopeful that the White House's official stance against BSL will spur communities across the nation to reconsider implementing BSL, and for those who currently have breed specific laws in place, to rethink those bans.
It's a really happy day.
Over 30,000 people signed the petition requesting a ban on BSL at the federal level. Read the full response to this petition here.
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