President Obama Supports Broward Pit Bulls

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Barack Obama wouldn't want to ban this guy
In the wake of a still-simmering controversy, which pushed the legality of pit bulls in Broward County into question, President Barack Obama announced earlier this week that he doesn't consider any legislation that bans a specific dog breed to be sound governance.

And, for a moment at least, pit bulls in Broward County are safer than they've been in years.

Even Broward County Vice Mayor Barbara Sharief, who was cutting in her condemnation of pit bulls during her push this year to ban the breed, has changed her politics on the matter.

See also: Photos - Broward County's Most Adorable Pit Bulls

"The only thing I can say is that from my perspective, I found an alternative to breed-specific legislation."

This is a little different than how she sounded earlier this year:

"We have more supporters than backlashers," she told New Times in February. "And all I have to say to you is wait until it's your pet or your child that has been attacked. Those people have a totally different appreciation for the situation."

"We've found [pit bulls] have a more aggressive nature," she continued. "It's due to the fact that they have a tendency to kill small things. Pit bulls don't just go after something to harm it; they go after it to kill it."

Now, however, Sharief says she was misguided before. She doesn't regret stirring the public pot, she says, because that outrage spurred solutions that wouldn't have surface otherwise -- politicalese for cut-and-run.

See also: Pit Bulls Much Less Aggressive Than Other Breeds, Study Says

"I worked for a year and a half on this issue," she said. "The majority of people I spoke to wanted breed-specific legislation. But now, after the animal lovers got ahold of the issue, we have a lot of solutions I never would have come up with."

Which, perhaps, can satisfy the big guy. In light of the newest addition to the White House, a Portuguese water dog named Sunny, he's gone pretty soft on K-9 issues -- and taken a stance that directly contradicts Miami-Dade's pit bull ban.

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...As an alternative to breed-specific policies, the Center for Disease Control 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.

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calgarth
calgarth

A ghetto president stands up for a ghetto dog. Big surprise!

francoughlin
francoughlin

It is much easier to scare-mongrel rather than properly educate and inform.  Kudos to Obama and the White House for doing their due diligence in this important matter and not pander to media hype.  Sadly just because one never reads in the news of the millions of these dogs who live peacefully in responsible and loving families does not mean they don't exist.  All responsible citizens should be treated fairly and equally under law.  It is time to put serious onus on irresponsible dog owners and not ALL the dog owners who happen to own short haired dogs with blocky type heads.  Sanity has prevailed.  Obama very well knows how terrible stereotyping and profiling can be when that discrimination is based simply on appearance.

PitOwner
PitOwner

It's almost funny how this comes out as "Obama wants to protect pit bulls".

The fact is, this was the White House response to Breed Specific Legislation, period.

While pit bulls are, generally, the first type of dog thought about when you hear BSL, the fact is that other breeds and types of dogs have been victims of BSL, too.

Some communities ban German Shepherds, Dobermans, Rottweilers and others.

All the efforts going into making BSL laws could be going into strengthening all animal-related laws including abuse, neglect and cruelty, as well as creating harsher penalties for dog-owners who fail to control, contain and take proper steps to protect the public from their dogs which is what allows attacks to happen.

smdrpepper
smdrpepper

And its just a matter of time before the GOP claim that President Obama is pro dog attacks..Hell, they will probably spin it that he is behind all attacks somehow, they already blame him for Katrina.

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