President Obama Doesn't Agree With Miami-Dade's Pit Bull Ban

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The same week President Obama added a new dog to his family, he's also come out against breed-specific legislation that forbids ownership of certain types of dogs. The White House responded to a "We the People" petition calling for the ban of all breed-specific legislation and claimed laws like Miami-Dade County's pit bull ban are "largely ineffective and often a waste of public resources."

See also: Pit Bull Ban Lives On in Miami-Dade As Repeal Falls Short in Tallahassee

In 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at twenty years of data about dog bites and human fatalities in the United States. They found that fatal attacks represent a very small proportion of dog bite injuries to people and that it's virtually impossible to calculate bite rates for specific breeds.

The CDC also noted that the types of people who look to exploit dogs aren't deterred by breed regulations -- when their communities establish a ban, these people just seek out new, unregulated breeds. And the simple fact is that dogs of any breed can become dangerous when they're intentionally or unintentionally raised to be aggressive.

Though the statement stops short of calling for a federal law that would ban such breed-specific legislation, opponents of such laws hope the White House's comment will bring new attention and credibility to their cause.

"The White House is such a bully pulpit for important issues," Lisa LaFontaine, president of the Washington Humane Society (which recently received a donation from the Obamas) told the Huffington Post. "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."

Miami-Dade County has forbid the ownership of pit bulls since 1989, and the ban is one of the oldest existing examples in a large metro area. The law has been challenged in courts and more recently brought before voters, but last year local voters overwhelmingly voted to keep the ban in place.

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Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

Becerra, how about the number of people killed by a "Boletero" on the wheel?! If we're to ban anything in DAde County, start with the bad drivers, namely the elders, the coked-out teens, cops, the "Leon Medical Center" drivers in general, etc. That would make a safer city.

dope1975
dope1975

for those who say that any breed can bite .....  Does any breed have the jaw power of a pitbull?


Jose Portuondo
Jose Portuondo

Well that does it for me. He should'nt be impeached, now he should be peached !!

WhyNotNow
WhyNotNow topcommenter

Just compare severe dog attacks in broward county against Dade county. Case closed. When a pit bites it is looking to destroy. Sure chihuahuas bite as much, but trust me, it is a different bite. I was once stalked (in broward county) by 2 pit bulls and had to climb a tree and scream for help. Talk to someof the children whose lives have been destroyed by these dogs. Sorry, Obama, you are wrong on this one.

grizzily
grizzily

I agree with Obama on this. I guess there's a first time for everything. BSL is idiotic.

Emmett Conrecode
Emmett Conrecode

No Officer this isn't a Pit Bull and yes he still has his balls too! I've trained him to crush the hand of anyone drawing a black gun as a gun violence control measure. Would you like to pet him? :)

Barbara Behrens
Barbara Behrens

It's the people that raise them use the pit bulls for fighting etc. they are a great dog. loving , sweet and it's a good breed...they should not be banned... They said that German Shepard , Dobermans and more !

Robert John Becerra
Robert John Becerra

Number of people killed in Miami by pit bulls since ban went into effect: 0. Number of people killed by pit bulls in the rest of Florida since then: 17!

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

For once Obama got something right.

Robert John Becerra
Robert John Becerra

This local law was passed as a result of horrific murders of children by pit bulls. The dogs tore the children to shreds. A "boletero" did not get chased. Children got chased and ripped to pieces.

Anthony Rigsby
Anthony Rigsby

Good to see him focusing on the really important things that are affecting our country.

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

maybe a "Boletero" got chased or barked at by one. Hence, the ban (SERIOUSLY, THAT THE WAY THINGS ARE DONE HERE IN MIAMI!!).

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

UUUUUUUUUUY! let's see how this one sits, with them "YUCAS"!!

Nilda Lopez Vale
Nilda Lopez Vale

I do not think is the breed but the people who raise them that make them bad . And the President Obama does not agree with Miami dade ban.

Max Vega Sanz
Max Vega Sanz

Kyle Aguilar now I need to get rid of my dog.... Thanks #fuckobama

Pierre Bernardo
Pierre Bernardo

Mibalz: Your neighbors are thugs? What does that say about YOU? My neighbors are affluent and hard-working. :D

Mibalz Ezhari
Mibalz Ezhari

You say this until another putbull rips a 6 year old's throat out again. Nothing like having to tackle an escaped 115 pound pitbull on 5 occasions because its moments from shredding your cats. All because your suburban thug neighbor who has listened too much mainstream rap music thought it would a solid avatar for his unbridled machismo. I'm gutting the beast next time it ends up in my yard.

Lauren Kathryn
Lauren Kathryn

Pitbulls aren't the only dogs that attack people. And if you read the article...there's no statistics on which breed attacks humans the most. It discrimination. I was bit by a palmeranian should they be banned too?

Michael Bell
Michael Bell

99% of dog attacks come from human error at some point, regardless of breed a good pit is one of the most trustworthy dog's in existence

Yesenia Soto
Yesenia Soto

Isabel Castell Soto I hope this is an indication of things to come.

Yvette Carnell
Yvette Carnell

Own a pit bull at your own risk. I'll tell you like a friend told me, so don't say you weren't warned: The late Vicky Hearne who was, at different times, a teaching faculty member at Stanford and. later, Dartmouth trained dogs and horses, too. She was also a deep abiding lover and owner of pit bull terriers. In her book, "Adam's Task" Hearne wrote that at one time pit bulls were considered the quintessential American dog. Buster Brown lived in a shoe with one whose name was Tige. Hal Roach's Little Rascals canine companion was a pit bull called Petey and the American humorist James Thurber once devoted an entire profile extolling the virtues (and vices) of the pit bull his family had owned when he was a child. Hearne pointed out that one of the reasons pit bulls were so loved was because they were one of the rare breeds of dogs that actually had an aversion to biting and attacking human beings unlike German Shepherds, Doberman Pinschers, Rottweilers and Cocker Spaniels. Hearne attributed this pronounced trait solely to the men who raised and fought pit bulls. These men had no use for dogs that showed the slightest bit of aggression toward human beings because their work often required them to enter the pit to separate and rescue the losing dog from suffering more damage. Consequently, a dog, no matter how much of a fighting frenzy it was in, that would attack a human, even in those bloody circumstances, was a dangerous dog. These men would cull the litters for puppies that were aggressive toward humans and put them down. Over time this meant that only those dogs that were people friendly were allowed to breed. It was their genes that became dominant over successive generations. Today, all of the careful, meticulous work these men did, regardless of whether we approve of their reasons, has gone the way of the typewriter. The unrestrained back yard breeding and training of pit bull terriers by men who really don't have an understanding of the breed has brought pit bull terriers into disrepute. Ignoring the real world consequences of breeding dogs that are aggressive toward other dogs and humans as well is a recipe for one tragedy after another. People who are afraid of these dogs have every right to be and people with good intention who say the problem is with the dogs owners and not the dogs are sadly mistaken. The dogs, unlike their ancestors, are now being bred to be a menace to human beings. Hearne and her mentor, Richard Stratton, who trained the two dogs and cat for the original make of the movie "The Incredible Journey" were of the opinion that pit bulls should never under any circumstances be trained as guard dogs because their natural aggressiveness alone made them unsuitable for such work. If they went after someone and caught that person the dog's handler would have an extremely difficult time getting the dog to release and back off. This characteristic is what Stratton called a "blood frenzy." I know from personal experience that these dogs can go into what I can only call a trance-like state once they have become angry and fastened their teeth onto something alive or inert. This sort of fury is not particular to pit bull terriers alone. It is a common trait among nearly all terriers. Terriers were developed to have the temperament, courage and heart to go into an underground den and subdue and kill animal that might be larger than the dog. They were bred to kill vermin, not children and cats. The dog that mauled and killed that child should be put down without question or hesitation. The people who left that child with that dog should be prosecuted to whatever extent the law allows. You never leave a toddler alone with any dog. Not even Lassie or Rin-Tin-Tin. These people were enormously irresponsible and foolish. And their ignorance has caused a child to suffer an horrific death and a dog who has been mistreated and not properly trained to lose its life for reasons the dog did not cause. If you fancy the "bullies" as this group of dogs are called and are interested in acquiring one I would suggest you avoid taking ownership of any dog called an American Pit Bull Terrier. The breed has been ruined and its infamous reputation will cause relatives, friends and neighbors with common sense to avoid your company. Buy an American Staffordshire Terrier from a reputable breeder, not a pet store, who raises and shows the breed in competition. You can also choose the rarer English Staffordshire Bull Terrier, which is about half the size of its American cousin. These dogs are tough and hardy but they are so good with children that in England they are known as the "Nursemaid's dog." And finally there is the Bull Terrier which is famous for its egg-shaped head and Romanesque nose. Sweet dogs all.

Rey Guss
Rey Guss

Alex anico you are a pussy..!

Richard Melton
Richard Melton

If he had a dog it would probably look like a pitbull

Stephanie Bardet
Stephanie Bardet

Any breed can be bad it all depends on the owner and how they trained the dog

Heike Tiegen
Heike Tiegen

All breeds bite. I was attacked by a cocker spaniel. Enough said.

Helen Colby
Helen Colby

The people are the ones who need to be banned.

Alex Anico
Alex Anico

Well if he would've nearly gotten mauled by one maybe it would be different...

cristeecarmona
cristeecarmona

@dope1975 actually german shepards and rottwielers have more bite pressure than a pit bull so yes, other breeds do have the jaw power of a pit bull and then some!

topheraguirre
topheraguirre

What about the other breeds? and 17 out of 19.32 MILLION is not a big number. Especially when that ban has been in place for 23 years

dmar1121
dmar1121

@Mibalz Ezhari you just illustrated the issue here. its not the dog, its the owner.

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