Pit Bull Facts: Resources on Pit Bull Terriers and Breed Restrictions

White pit bull and his person sitting together outside

Best Friends Animal Society wants to help folks learn the truth about pit bull terriers amid the many pit bull myths and misconceptions that surround these dogs. The following resources will help you understand pit bull terrier-type dogs and advocate for them.

Pit bull terriers, dog breeds, and discrimination

Challenge: Pit bull biases and assumptions

Organizational positions regarding breed restrictions

  • American Bar Association: In August 2012, the American Bar Association passed Resolution 100 calling for all state, territorial, and local legislative bodies and governmental agencies to repeal any breed-specific provisions and to adopt comprehensive breed-neutral dangerous dog/reckless owner laws that ensure due process protections for owners, encourage responsible pet ownership, and focus on the behavior of both dog owners and dogs.
  • American Veterinary Medical Association: This article from the AVMA recommends encouraging responsible pet ownership rather than banning breeds.
  • Platte Institute for Economic Research: This Platte Institute article declares that pit bull bans are a waste of tax dollars.
  • U.S. Department of Justice: The U.S. Department of Justice has ruled against breed restrictions for service animals. This article provides more information.