Could breed-specific legislation become a thing of the past? Is it on its way there now? A trend suggests that it could be.
It used to be that supporting a bill outlawing the vicious breed-of-the-day — most often Pit Bulls — was a great way for politicians to gain street cred as being no-nonsense, take-action kinds of people without actually risking anything. But more and more, people and their representatives are starting to see breed-specific legislation as the cheap scapegoating tactic that it is. In August, President Obama took a public stand against BSL, calling it “largely ineffective and often a waste of public resources.”