Throughout the country, government bodies from local to state are mulling or enacting BSL legislation. We all know you should not discriminate against an animal, any more than you should a human being. I’m proud of our home state, which specifically bans any such ludicrous legislation. But our current laws are now hanging in the balance.
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Early in February of this year, one of our illustrious representatives, John Bradley, introduced a bill that would in effect allow breed-specific legislation within our state. In specific, his bill, known as House Bill 1080, proposes to remove the stipulation in Illinois Animal Control Act that states, “Vicious dogs shall not be classified in a manner that is specific as to breed.”
Further, the bill also aims to strike the exception which provides that “no regulation or ordinance is specific to breed”, which is the only exception to asserting the Animal Control Act is not to be construed as to limiting the power of local governing bodies in regulating dogs, cats and other animals. In other words, Rep. John Bradley wishes to allow BSL in Illinois.
I, and many others here, are simply shaking our heads. Why on earth would we go backwards??? This bill is sitting in the House Rules committee, like a glaring black eye. Or perhaps more accurately, like the fangs of a vicious dog. We are all keeping our eye on what happens with this, wary of what our own lawmakers may do.
If you live in Illinois, please take a moment to sign a letter to your representative, asking them to oppose this proposed legislation. The more voices that are heard, the more likely the wishes of the people will be heard. And the welfare of dogs in Illinois will be protected.
I’m wondering…maybe we should have a bill introduced that would ban certain breeds of politicians…
source: Illinois General Assembly