Obama Hits Out at Breed Specific Legislation

The President of the United States adds weight to anti BSL argument.

In the same week the First family welcomed its newest member — an adorable Portuguese water dog named Sunny — Obama also tried to take a bite out of laws that target specific dog breeds. In response to a petition against Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) posted on We The People, the government’s official site for citizen suggestions and commentary, the Obama administration came out unequivocally against the mostly-local laws:

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 response also noted that the CDC suggests “a community-based approach” as an alternative, and more effective, method of preventing dog bites. “Ultimately, we think that’s a much more promising way to build stronger communities of pets and pet owners,” said the statement.

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