Sunny the puppy was in the limelight recently as the US president and family signals their opposition to dog breed specific legislation. Some people believe it is about time, too.
President Obama and his family introduced their pit bull puppy Sunny to emphasize their opposition to laws that restrict the ownership of certain breeds of dogs, pit bulls in particular. This was in response to an online petition calling for the outlawing of breed-specific laws on the federal level, and it is in line with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which does not support such legislation.
Aside from the CDC, other concerned organizations such as the American Bar Association throw doubts on the wisdom of such regulations, stating that it does more harm than good. At the very least, such laws are a waste of resources and will do nothing to improve public safety. CDC research show that pit bulls and other banned breeds are not overly represented in dog bite incidents.
This coming out by the US president is hailed as a major boost to the efforts of animal rights organizations such as the Washington Humane Society to prevent such laws from being passed and to overturn those that already exist. Some counties such as Prince George’s County in Maryland already have laws in place banning pit bulls as pets. Pit bulls are also not allowed in many military installations and housing.
Many advocates hope that Sunny the puppy will start the ball rolling against dog breed-specific laws and regulations, including those imposed on the military.