In August, the White House issued a statement against breed discrimination. The statement issued was an adoption of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s community-based approach to prevent dog bites: Research shows that bans on certain types of dogs are ineffective and a waste of public resources.
In 2000, the CDC looked at 20 years of data about dog bites and human fatalities in the U.S. They found that fatal attacks represent a very small proportion of dog bite injuries to people, and that it’s impossible to calculate bite rates for specific breeds.
The CDC noted that the types of people who exploit dogs aren’t deterred by breed regulations. 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
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