President Obama Stands Up for Pit Bulls & Blasts BSL

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Lisa LaFontaine with her daughter's pibble, Lila.
Washington Humane Society President Lisa LaFontaine getting cozy with her daughter’s very affectionate pibble, Lila.

President Obama was just recently in the news for his family’s acquisition of their newest Portuguese water dog, Sunny, and now he’s making headlines again for his position on pit bulls and breed specific legislation.

With so many animals in shelters needing homes, it has upset a few that the Obamas did not adopt their new dog. Now, many of you will undoubtedly have an opinion on the president. But whether you sing his praises or refer to him solely as “Obummer,” please bear in mind that this site is about dogs, and not political parties.

So regardless of anyone’s thoughts on Mr. Obama’s policies and decisions, here is one that many dog lovers can get on board with: his administration has recently signed a petition calling for the end of breed specific legislation on a federal level and issued a statement speaking out against it.

Lisa LaFontaine, president of the Washington Humane Society, believes the president’s stance will help at least get the word out about the need to put a stop to discriminatory laws.


Rebecca Corry's dog Angel, who was rescued after spending the first five years of her life being tortured.
Rebecca Corry’s dog Angel, who was rescued after spending the first five years of her life being tortured.

“The White House is such a bully pulpit for important issues,” she said, while her daughter’s pit bull, Lila, napped nearby. “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…It’s a really happy day.”

Noting that there are widespread bully bans in military housing units, LaFontaine would like to see some action taken on their end to the bans. She says “there is nothing more difficult” than seeing families have to give up loved pets because of unfair laws.

“I really, really hope that the military takes note that the Commander in Chief has made this statement about there being no place for breed-specific legislation,” she said.

Regarding Obama’s position on overturning bans, actress, comedian and pit bull advocate Rebecca Corry believes “it’s the least he could do.” She is planning a pit bull march on Washington next May.

“Discrimination enshrined in law is not OK,” said Corry. “And that’s exactly what breed-specific legislation is.”



Here is the White House’s full statement on the matter, which agrees with the CDC’s position on bully bans:

“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.

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.

For all those reasons, the CDC officially recommends against breed-specific legislation — which they call inappropriate. You can read more from them here.

As an alternative to breed-specific policies, the CDC 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.”


Now it’s time for Congress and the House to step up.


Rebecca Corry with her rescue, Angel.
Rebecca Corry with her rescue, Angel.



10 thoughts on “President Obama Stands Up for Pit Bulls & Blasts BSL”

  1. I love pibbles! As much as I don’t agree with the president on most things, I have to say thank you to him for this. I may not like his politics, but I can say he does seem like a nice man. He apparently loves animals and, from what I have heard< unless there is a crisis, he calls his girls every night when he is away to say good night and that he loves them. I respect that.

    • We do not care about your politics, you were asked to get onboard with his stand on bullies, not his overall politics.

      You guys over the water, you focus to much on hating everything about a person, instead of picking out the parts you like and supporting them.

    • lee77, take your hate somewhere else. Like I said, I am no fan of the president, but I don’t know any ghetto hoods that graduated from Harvard Law. Educate yourself about pit bulls too

      • I got quite an education regarding pit bulls. I was walking in my neighborhood when pit bull ON A LEASH jump up and bit my waist. It took my six weeks to recover. When his owner said “hi” to me as I walked by, this dog apparently did not like owner greeting me. TOTALLY UNPROVOKED!!!

    • I have never been attacked by a pit bull, but I have been attacked by the all american family favorite, a golden retriever. Had to drop it with pepper spray to protect my unborn child. When the owner came running towards me screaming that she was going to kill me, I dropped her too, but I did see why the dog was that way.

  2. Glad the man is sticking up for the Bullies !

    You two above me need to remember this is a Dog website, leave your politics at the door ! You both brought politics into the conversation, this is about the Dogs, not you or your beliefs.

  3. I am glad that the President is making a stand against breed discrimination. I once read that Golden Retrievers were responsible for the majority of dog bites. But do these stories make the headlines? No, we only here when it was a pitbull or a pitbull mix. Any dog is capable of biting when provoked. There was an article posted not too long ago about a man’s dogs that were taken away from him for biting someone – someone who was on the man’s property, uninvited. This man and his dogs had to suffer, yet the person who was trespassing was the victim.

  4. I know it’s considered old news, but I just stumbled on this article. It warms my heart that this country is making a BSL move in the right direction. I can only hope that future leaders can stand up for unpopular breeds going forward and all this progress doesn’t get reversed. I am taking a U.S. road trip with my pitbull and yorkie later this year, and the research around BSL is tiring. Trying to avoid towns and cities with BSL regulations is like playing “the floor is lava” with 3 couch cushions on a gymnasium floor. I live in a state with a “NO BSL” law, and my dream is that one day all 50 states will follow. I’d like to find the pea-brained woman who runs ‘’ and set her on fire. I wonder how it would go over if I started a site that spread garbage information like “black people are the cause of the majority of murders in this country, so I will make it my life’s mission to outlaw black people in the U.S.” Somehow, I find it hard to beleive a township would make a “White specific legislation” law… “NO MORE DISCRIMINATION”!!


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