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Obama Makes Statement Against Breed-Specific Legislation

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Obama Makes Statement Against Breed-Specific Legislation

Last week was an important one for dogs in the White House. Not only did the Obama family welcome Sunny, a 14-month-old  Portuguese Water Dog, but President Obama made a statement against breed-specific legislation.

Here’s the official White House Statement on WhiteHouse.gov:

“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.

The CDC also noted that the types of people who look to exploit dogs aren’t deterred by breed regulations — when their communities establish a ban, these people just seek out new, unregulated breeds. And the simple fact is that dogs of any breed can become dangerous when they’re intentionally or unintentionally raised to be aggressive.

For all those reasons, the CDC officially recommends against breed-specific legislation — which they call inappropriate.

As an alternative to breed-specific policies, the CDC recommends a community-based approach to prevent dog bites. And ultimately, we think that’s a much more promising way to build stronger communities of pets and pet owners.”

Although it is not yet a federal law, Pit Bull lovers nationwide are pleased to see that Obama is opposed to BSL at all government levels. Responsible Pit Bull owners are often misrepresented by the small percentage of irresponsible owners contributing to the negative stigma attached to the breed.

Bay Area Dog Lovers Responsible About Pit Bulls (BADRAP) has been educating the public with their monster myths. In a recent study of 122 dog breeds, by the American Temperament Society (ATTS), Pit Bulls achieved a high passing rate of 83.9, compared to the 77% score of the general dog population.

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Lisa Spector

Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.

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12:24PM PDT on Sep 15, 2013

Good news, thanks

8:34PM PDT on Sep 12, 2013

breed specific legislation is ridiculous and crazy. Many of the pitbulls rescued from Michael vicks house of horrors are rehomed and loving towards their new families. dogs are better at getting past horrible abuse than people.

2:41AM PDT on Sep 12, 2013

bsl is bull

10:06AM PDT on Sep 11, 2013

I have met TWO Pit mixes in my life. Both were female, but both were at different stages of life. One was a puppy. She was teething...and if you've ever had a puppy of any breed, you know that teething puppies do the most damage by accident. The other was an older female named Lady A. She was basically a big, overgrown BABY. She was a sweetheart!

Therefore, I agree with the President's statement against the big crock of BS that is BSL.

2:17PM PDT on Sep 8, 2013

ty

10:01PM PDT on Sep 5, 2013

I'm extremely fortunate to come from a country where there is no discrimination against any breed. I've bread and showed Pitbulls (never sold any though) since 1997 and i can’t imagine my life without a Pitbull in it. They are amazing and extremely intelligent animals. Quite a few of them are rescue dogs that we have taken in. We make it our business to educate the general public about the breed. We often do shows at schools and get the children involved with handling the pitties.

6:47PM PDT on Sep 5, 2013

Good article. Thanks.

9:45AM PDT on Sep 5, 2013

I think it has to do with temperament. There are too many back yard breeders and there are too many who breed and breed to make a few bucks at the dogs expense and they don't care about the home they go to or how they are treated. Just like people, some dogs are easy going and some a little more easy to react. You can not put label all breeds as good or bad like people they are all individual with their own personalities.

7:20AM PDT on Sep 5, 2013

It is high time that entire breeds and their people suffer for the bad behavior of a few. My pitbull saved the life of myself and my son and I shudder to think where we would be with these laws in place.

7:14AM PDT on Sep 5, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

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