Breed-specific legislation applies only to dogs of a certain appearance, not to any and all dogs. It does not take into account how the owner has raised, trained, or managed the dog. It does not take into account the dog’s actual behavior.
Illinois state law currently prohibits municipalities from passing breed-specific laws. HB 1080 would undo this prohibition and permit any municipality to declare dogs dangerous based on breed.
HB 1080 has been referred to the House Rules Committee in February, 2011.
Kenneth Wilmington, of Chicago Suburban St. Charles, says:
“These types of bills have been passed easily in other parts of the Country. I never thought in a mostly Left-Wing leaning State, (Illinois) that it would come to this. I mean, look where President Obama came from. Right here. Is this the sort of ‘Hope and Change” we can believe in?”
Wilmington has been helping to rescue Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes for nearly 14 years.
“These dogs have a very bad reputation. What ignorant people fail to realize is that they are one of the most loving and loyal dogs out there. It all depends on how they are treated and how they are raised. Just like any other dog. Do a Google search sometime on what ignorant people deem dangerous dogs. Sure, they throw Pitts into the mix; but look at the other breeds that don’t get that much attention. This is terrible; and I for one am sick of irresponsible people spreading lies about breeds in order to further their political agenda and get re-elected”
The dogs listed on the most dangerous list are as follows: Chow Chow, Dalmatian, Rottweiler, Huskie, German Shepard, Alaskan Malamute, Doberman Pinscher, Presa Canario, Boxer and Pitt Bull.
Wilmington adds, “I may sound angry. I am. I am so tired of people that single out Pit Bulls. Have they ever been around own? My Pitt Bull, Cracker, is a lap dog and great around kids. I may just load him up and go down to Springfield and walk him right into these Politician’s offices. Maybe it will open up their eyes a little.”
Illinois residents, may contact the bill sponsor, each member of the House Rules Committee, and your respective House Representative to OPPOSE this bill.
Find your Representative here (by address, district or zip code):
Representative John Bradley
Springfield Office: 269-S Stratton Office Building, Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-0882 FAX
House Rules Committee
Chairperson : Barbara Flynn Currie
Timothy L. Schmitz, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lou Lang, email@example.com
David R. Leitch, firstname.lastname@example.org
Frank J. Mautino, email@example.com
E-mail Quick List for House Rules Committee
firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
The House Rules Committee Chair, Barbara Flynn Currie, does not make her e-mail address available. Therefore; it has been found after a long investigation to provide to the public.
“One wonders why an elected official does not provide information in regards as to how to contact her. This is a gross injustice.” Says Kenneth Wilmington, an outspoken Pit Bull rescuer St. Charles, Illinois.
Her contact information is listed below.
Representative Barbara Flynn Currie
Springfield Office: 300 Capitol Building, Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 524-1794 FAX
The bill may be read and tracked here: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/Bill…ionID=84&GA=97
The relevant text of the bill is as follows:
97TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2011 and 2012 HB1080Introduced 2/3/2011, by Rep. John E. Bradley
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
510 ILCS 5/15 from Ch. 8, par. 365
510 ILCS 5/24 from Ch. 8, par. 374
Amends the Animal Control Act. Removes the ban on classifying vicious dogs based on breed.
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(510 ILCS 5/15) (from Ch. 8, par. 365)
No dog shall be deemed “vicious” if it is a professionally trained dog for law enforcement or guard duties. Vicious dogs shall not be classified in a manner that is specific as to breed.
(510 ILCS 5/24) (from Ch. 8, par. 374)
Sec. 24. Nothing in this Act shall be held to limit in any manner the power of any municipality or other political subdivision to prohibit animals from running at large, nor shall anything in this Act be construed to, in any manner, limit the power of any municipality or other political subdivision to further control and regulate dogs, cats or other animals in such municipality or other political subdivision provided that no regulation or ordinance is specific to breed. (Source: P.A. 93-548, eff. 8-19-03.) EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY