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President Obama Turns Dogs' Best Friend As He Damns BSL

Posted on Tuesday, 27 August 2013 10:39AM by Andi Godfrey


No sooner has Obama introduced a new dog into his White House home than he releases a statement saying that he is opposed to Breed Specific Legislation.  

In response to an online petition asking for ‘laws that target certain breeds to be outlawed at a federal level’, the White House issued an official statement saying that it did not support breed specific legislation as research has shown that bans on certain types of dogs are ‘largely ineffective and a waste of public’s resources’.  Clearly the President is of the same opinion.

The White House agrees with the views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for better methods to improve public safety by recommending a community-based approach to prevent dog bites rather than legislate against certain breeds.

It has been noted by the CDC that the type of people who exploit dogs are undeterred by the ban of certain breeds and will simply seek out new unregulated breeds to fit their purpose, which highlights the fact that any breed is dangerous if it has been raised to be aggressive either intentionally or unintentionally.

The president of the Washington Humane Society, Lisa LaFontaine told Huffington Post “The White House is such a bully pulpit for important issues, 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.”

She added:  “I really, really hope that the military takes note that the Commander in Chief has made this statement about there being no place for breed-specific legislation.  There is nothing more difficult than seeing families surrender well-loved pet due to wholesale bans on certain types of dog.”

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