But, as BSL opponents -- including the American Bar Association, Best Friends Animal Society, and President Barack Obama -- will argue, pit bulls are not inherently dangerous. Neither are Dobermans, rottweilers and German shepherds, who were all also considered America's most-feared "tough dog" at one point or another. According to Jennifer Brause, the executive director of Baltimore Animal Shelter, BSL could just as easily have targeted those breeds -- and it could just as easily target others.
"Unfortunately, we're in the decade of the pit bull," Brause told the Humane Society. "And it's going to be another dog after this." That is, unless Maryland, Vermont, South Dakota, Missouri, Utah, Washington and eventually other states do opt to block BSL permanently. And, according to a poll by Best Friends Animal Society, that's exactly what the people want:
A new national survey commissioned by Best Friends Animal Society reveals that 84 percent of those polled believe that local, state or federal governments should not infringe on a person's right to own whatever breed of dog they choose.
This survey, conducted by Luntz Global, is consistent with a growing trend by many state and local governments that have repealed breed discriminatory provisions and enacted behavior-based, breed-neutral dangerous dog laws. Of the 850 polled, 59 percent were dog owners. Only four percent of those polled believed the federal government should dictate what breed of dog a person could own, while six percent supported state government restrictions and 11 percent local government limits.