The history of the pitbull is violent and filled with grotesque imagery. Pitbulls were bred to bait and take down bulls that were chained up or placed inside a hole in the ground. The pitbull was specifically bred and trained to viciously attack the bull.
Bull baiting didn’t actually begin as a bloody pastime. It was once believed that bull baiting would tenderize the bull’s tough meat for consumption. For a long time, it was illegal to kill a bull that hadn’t been baited by dogs. Over time, public perception changed and a collective demand to end bull baiting grew in popularity.
Dog lovers protest that people are quick to misjudge the pitbull. But facts show that the pitbull, and other related dogs, are involved in more serious dog attacks than any other breed.
The state of California doesn’t specifically target the pitbull over any other breed, but there are ordinances pertaining to the pitbull. According to BSL ordinances, a pitbull over four months old, and all dogs on the BSL, must be licensed. All pitbulls, any other dogs on the BSL, must also be spayed or neutered. The state of California takes this effort so seriously that $50 vouchers are available for low income families or any families with financial hardships to meet this requirement.
There is evidence that breed specific laws are working. The number of pitbulls abandoned in animal shelters has dropped. This means that fewer animals are being euthanized. There are less pitbull mixes wandering the streets, and people are becoming more responsible dog owners.