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California Breed Specific Legislation

A while back, I learned that state law in California prohibited laws regarding dogs based on breed specific legislation. I opined that California is not a wholly evil place. Now, I’m not so sure:

Prompted by a series of vicious dog attacks, lawmakers on Wednesday sent the governor a bill that would allow local governments to require spaying and neutering of specific breeds.

The Senate voted 22-15 to approve Assembly amendments to the bill by Sen. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough, sending it to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Speier called the proposal a modest bill that would restore powers held by cities and counties 16 years ago. Spaying or neutering would reduce the aggressiveness of the animals and help limit unwanted populations that end up in animal shelters, she said.

Not sure if he’ll sign it, of course, but I’d guess he will. I wonder if this law will also allow other breed specific laws? In other news, arm the pit bulls.

3 Responses to “California Breed Specific Legislation”

  1. Nate Says:

    Is a “modest bill” anything like “A Modest Proposal?”

  2. Xrlq Says:

    I wonder if this law will also allow other breed specific laws?

    No, it won’t. That’s the one silver lining on this cloud. The original version of the bill, passed before Nicholas Faibish’s corpse was even cold, would have flatly legalized BSL across the board.

  3. SayUncle » Doggie Racism now OK Says:

    […] It’s now OK to pass ineffective laws to deal with irresponsible pet owners. I guess Cali is no longer not a wholly evil place. […]

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