Obama Weighs In on Pit Bull Battle

by William White | August 21, 2013 12:58 pm

NewLetters[1]Obama came out against breed-specific legislation[2] last week, which often seeks to restrict ownership of pit bulls.

The White House gave an official response to an online petition that looks to stop breed-specific legislation. The White House opened its statement by saying that “Breed-Specific Legislation Is a Bad Idea.” The statement says that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has looked at over 20 years of data about dog bites. The data finds that fatal dog bite injuries only make up a small part of dog bite injuries. The CDC says that it is virtually impossible to calculate bite rates for specific breeds. The CDC also claims that people who exploit dogs aren’t deterred by bans and restrictions. These types of people will take dogs that aren’t banned and use them instead.

The online petition[3] to ban breed-specific legislation currently has over 30,000 signatures.

“The White House is such a bully pulpit for important issues,” Lisa LaFontaine, president of the Washington Humane Society, told The Huffington Post[4]. “And certainly for them to come down against this type of discrimination I think will give pause to any communities that are thinking about putting something like this in place, and certainly will fuel the work that’s already being done by advocates to overturn legislation that already exists…It’s a really happy day.”

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  2. breed-specific legislation: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/response/breed-specific-legislation-bad-idea
  3. online petition: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/ban-and-outlaw-breed-specific-legislation-bsl-united-states-america-federal-level/d1WR0qcl
  4. The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/20/obama-breed-specific-legislation_n_3785911.html

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