I do not own a pit bull, although I’ve known one or two. I do not know anyone who has ever been bitten by a pit bull, but I do know a lot of people who have been bitten by other breeds of dogs (myself included). Thus, as an opponent of Breed Specific Banning, I knew going in that I would appreciate this film. I did not, however, understand the extent of BSB legislation across the country. Beyond the Myth looks closely at several cities that have implemented Breed Specific Bans (on Pit Bulls specifically) and how city administrators, as well as Pit Bull owners dealt with the repercussions of that legislation. Director Libby Sherrill does a nice job of gathering a combination of personal stories, statistics, and news stories in order to dispel common myths and build a case against targeting one specific breed of dog. Undeniably, when you step back, turn off the TV, and look at the big picture, Breed Specific legislation does a huge disservice to, not just the animal kingdom, but to humanity as well. The future implications of such legislation are not limited to pet ownership and are disappointing if not downright frightening.
Jan 5, 2013