BCA supports reasonable and rational solutions
The demand to impose new laws despite governmental inaction to enforce existing laws continues, with little positive effect. Few of these proposals actually help animals; rather, they attempt to make animal ownership more expensive, more difficult, and sometimes even impossible.
Limit laws and higher license fees for intact dogs have been shown not to work, and generally are most difficult to enforce. People resist attempts to accept financial punishment when they know they have done nothing morally or ethically wrong.
Intact dogs do not automatically create puppies unless they are allowed to breed without restraint. Responsible owners do not allow their dogs to indiscriminately reproduce. Reputable hobby breeders of purebred dogs, developed for companionship, recreation, and service, should be able to continue their breeding programs to maintain and improve their chosen breeds, without punitive legislation.
USDA licensed commercial kennels, following the rules they are required to adhere to under federal, state and local laws and standards, should be able to run their businesses without fear of interference from animal rights extremists or excessive legislative mandates unrelated to the actual quality of care the animals receive.
Dangerous dog laws should never target specific breed type, size, or assumed disposition - they should be crafted so they can be fairly enacted across the gamut of dog ownership, and with a reasonable understanding of typical dog behavior. Because they have proven to be ineffective in reducing the number of dog bites, many communities that previously enacted breed-specific legislation are currently seeking to rescind them. BCA supports these efforts.