New Orleans is the city of the pit bull. Last year Gambit reported that New Orleans has one of the highest rates of pit bull ownership per capita in the country. It is home to the Sula Foundation, a nonprofit aimed at “fostering responsible pit bull ownership” which raises money by selling yearly calendars of the “Pit Bulls of New Orleans.” It is home to “Ban Ignorance, Not Pit Bulls,” a group established to “advocate for pit bull rights and educate the general public in a positive way that will help lessen the ignorance concerning pit bulls.”
For you TV junkies out there, the evidence is even more apparent. The Animal Planet reality series “Pit Bulls and Parolees,” which pairs ex-cons with pit bulls, aired its 2012 season in New Orleans after relocating its rescue and adoption facility to the Lower 9th Ward from Los Angeles. The show cited onerous regulations as the primary driver of the move.