Bans on pit bulls - like the prohibition in Denver, Colo., that makes it unlawful to own a dog who "displays the majority of physical traits" of a pit bull - are progressively looking like a thing of the past. Since 2012, more than 100 communities have rejected breed-specific laws and other measures that would prevent owning pit bulls.
"It's becoming more and more obvious that breed-specific legislation doesn't improve public safety," the National Canine Research Council's Janis Bradley told USA Today. There's no evidence in any state or municipality, according to Bradley, that such laws have decreased the number of dog bite injuries.
The National Canine Research Council may be at the forefront of the anti-BSL pack, but it's certainly not the only organization that has adopted this stance. After undertaking a study of dog bites in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended against laws that target specific breeds. More recently, in August 2013, the Obama administration echoed the CDC's findings: "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."