Sen. Tim Burchett advocates breed specific legislation
State Sen. Tim Burchett wants to enact breed specific legislation mandating that pit bulls be spayed or neutered. The senator was also on the talk radio this morning saying that such programs in California have been successful. Unfortunately, such programs don’t exist in California as state law there prohibits breed specific legislation. It’s one area that Cali actually does correctly.
And breed specific laws are generally pointless for a variety of reasons, including:
Some breeds are hard to identify (pit bulls, for instance, refers to a class of dog and not a specific breed)
If a breed is regulated, people will just switch breeds
Pit bulls have a temperament rating similar to a Golden Retriever.
The factors that contribute to dog attacks occur irrespective of breed (see here and here). Those factors are, generally, the reproductive status of the animal (at least Burchett gets that part right); an animal that is not properly restrained; chained animals become defensive; and unsupervised pets and kids.
Update: Turns out, Cali does allow for spaying/neutering based on breed. I forgot about that. Cali still prohibits bans based on breeds, though.