The main issue seems to be breed specific legislation (BSL), the banning of specific breeds of animal based on their perceived threat to public safety. The province of Ontario, Canada has banned Pit Bulls outright. The city of Denver, Colorado also has Pit Bull specific laws on the books. Recent Pit Bull attacks in the area have inspired a move toward BSL in and around Portland.
My personal opinion is that the breed, considering its history as a fighting/attacking animal, definitely requires special care and an attentive owner. Pits were bred to fight, to attack... but they were equally bred to not attack humans. They're bred to serve and adore humans. They're definitely a danger to other animals, though. Does this mean we should ban the breed? No. Maybe we should impose limitations on who can own these potentially dangerous animals? Special licensing? I'm not convinced we need any more laws, maybe just stricter enforcement of the ones we have.
Some related links:
- All American Pit Bulls
- Oregon Humane Society - Pit Bulls
- Wikipedia entry "Pit Bull"
- KATU's "Dangerous Dogs" sneak preview
PS: Thanks to Steve Garfield for featuring my "Break Time" video in "Vlog Soup #4".