Virtually all credible animal welfare, veterinary medical and human health organizations are opposed to breed-specific laws and measures:
"A CDC study on fatal dog bites lists the breeds involved in fatal attacks over 20 years (Breeds of dogs involved in fatal human attacks in the United States between 1979 and 1998). It does not identify specific breeds that are most likely to bite or kill, and thus is not appropriate for policy-making decisions related to the topic. Each year, 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs. These bites result in approximately 12 fatalities; about 0.0002 percent of the total number of people bitten. These relatively few fatalities offer the only available information about breeds involved in dog bites. There is currently no accurate way to identify the number of dogs of a particular breed, and consequently no measure to determine which breeds are more likely to bite or kill.
Many practical alternatives to breed-specific policies exist and hold promise for preventing dog bites. For prevention ideas and model policies for control of dangerous dogs, please see the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Task Force on Canine Aggression and Human-Canine Interactions: A community approach to dog bite prevention."
CONNECT TO THE CDC SITE HERE: http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/duip/biteprevention.htm
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OPPOSED - The American Veterinary Medical Association opposes breed-specific measures. In their report on a "Community Approach To Dog Bite Prevention, the AVMA Task Force on Canine Aggression and Human Canine Interaction, states that,
"Concerns about "dangerous dogs" have casued many local governments to consider supplementing exisiting animal control laws with ordinances directed toward the control of dpecific breeds or type of dogs. Members of the Task Force belive such measures to be inappropriate and ineffective. Statistics on fatalities and injuries caused by dogs cannot be responsibly used to document the "dangerousness" of a particular breed".
DOWNLOAD THE AVMA REPORT HERE: http://www.avma.org/pubhlth/dogbite/dogbite.pdf