We have posted many times about how breed-specific legislation unfairly targets certain breeds. An Associated Press story by Bill Draper argues, however, that the tide may be turning for maligned breeds, such as Pit bulls:
But attitudes have softened considerably since then as animal activists and even television shows cast the dogs in a more positive light. The image makeover has prompted many states to pass new laws that forbid communities from banning specific breeds. And it illustrates the power and persistence of dog-advocacy groups that have worked to fend off pit bull restrictions with much the same zeal as gun-rights groups have defeated gun-control measures.
“Lawmakers are realizing that targeting dogs based on their breed or what they look like is not a solution to dealing with dangerous dogs,” said Lisa Peters, a spokeswoman for the American Kennel Club.
Let’s hope that this trend continues in more states and communities, and we put a focus back on responsible dog ownership and training.