(PIT BULLS/DOG PICTURES) With many municipalities across the globe calling on breed-specific legislation and “dangerous dog laws,” pit bulls have become a hot topic of debate lately.

While some regard these dogs as dangerous killers who should be banned outright, others view them as misunderstood victims of breed discrimination.

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Pit bulls have been the target of breed-specific legislation for years despite evidence claiming such laws do not diminish the number of overall dog attacks. Photo Credit: WHS

Support for these laws is based on the misconception that pit bulls are more dangerous and prone to aggression than other dog breeds, yet there’s no scientific evidence that proves this notion as fact. Research shows these laws are largely ineffective and often a waste of public resources.

What’s more, there are already laws in place to handle dogs regardless of breed on an individual basis. The simple fact is any dog breed can become dangerous when they’re raised to be aggressive.

Dog breed bans are not only biased, but they also lead to the loss of innocent family dogs based solely on their breed or physical characteristics.

Due to these inaccurate perceptions, many animal shelters will even put down pit bulls before giving anyone the opportunity to adopt them.

Bottom line: educating the public is necessary to help restore the reputation of this polarizing breed and ensure these animals are treated fairly.

Take a look at this collection of photos that will make you think differently about pit bulls. We hope these pictures will encourage you to “judge the deed, not the breed!”

Pit bulls are often stereotyped as vicious and untrustworthy. Photo Credit: Flickr - [email protected]
But does this face look vicious to you? Photo Credit: Flickr - [email protected]
No dog deserves to be stereotyped as "inherently dangerous." Photo Credit: Flickr - [email protected]
Would you just look at that smile? Photo Credit: Flickr - [email protected]
Sadly, many people exploit the breed and force them to fight due to their impressive strength and perceived high pain tolerance. Photo Credit: Flickr - [email protected]
But you'll quickly realize that violence is not in their nature, but instead a trait that is taught. Photo Credit: Flickr - [email protected]
Despite the fact that pit bulls were bred to fight, early breeders took pride in producing trustworthy dogs who were friendly to people. Photo Credit: Flickr - [email protected]
Because pit bulls have been bred to be “fighting dogs,” they may require a little extra socialization and TLC as puppies. Photo Credit: Flickr - [email protected]
Pit bulls have long been regarded as loyal dogs. Photo Credit: Flickr - [email protected]
And there's no denying they have some of the best smiles in the world! Photo Credit: Flickr - [email protected]
Just look at that face! Photo Credit: sphotos-a-atl.xx.fbcdn.net
Rumor has it, they also give really great hugs. Photo Credit: thelazypitbull.com
They love and respect their mothers as every child should. Photo Credit: Flickr - [email protected]
They are also loving parents. In this picture, a pit bull introduces her new babies to her human’s baby. Photo Credit: imgur.com
They also really love to play! Photo Credit: Flickr - [email protected]
These dogs absolutely love making friends... Photo Credit: Today News
This pit bull is friends with both bunny rabbits and a chick. (DOGS/PIT BULLS)
...no matter the species! Photo Credit: Working Terriers
Yet another one of the many examples of pit bulls taking part in interspecies friendships. Photo Credit: imgur.com
Pit bulls are very eager to please their humans. Photo Credit: imgur.com
The AKC confirms the breed’s propensity toward “courage and intelligence.” Photo Credit: Flickr - [email protected]
They also have fantastic manners. Photo Credit: Flickr - [email protected]
Did we mention they also have a great sense of style? Photo Credit: Flickr - [email protected]
Some are cooler than we’ll ever be... Photo Credit: Flickr - [email protected]
They have a great sense of humor. Photo Credit: Flickr - [email protected]
Pit bulls are also extremely patient, making them great family dogs. Photo Credit: Flickr - [email protected]
So let's all think twice before judging this entire breed. Photo Credit: Tumblr

 

Pit bulls are such loyal dogs–this one even took a bullet for his guardian! But don’t worry, he survived! Take a look:

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