Illinois HB 1166 is advertised as an anti-hoarding bill, but it’s really an anti-breeder and even an anti-companion animal bill
March 11th, 2011 by Editor
March 18, 2011 update: HB 1166 has been kicked back down to the Rules Committee. Let’s hope it stays there.
Animals Subcommittee Hearing
Mar 15 2011, 1:05PM
Stratton Building, Room 413
This bill is currently in the Agriculture & Conservation Committee. Please send your polite letters to the Ag Committee and oppose HB 1166!
We discussed Illinois HB 1166 in a prior post on hoarding, but this bill is so slimy I think it now merits its own post. HB 1166 has the pretense of being an anti-hoarding bill, but it’s really an anti-breeder and even an anti-companion animal bill in disguise. The bill language states that,
“A person must obtain a permit from the Board to possess 7 or more companion animals, as defined in the Humane Care for Animals Act. Failure to receive a permit for the possession of 7 or more companion animals is a violation of this Section and a person is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor. A second or subsequent violation is a Class 4 felony with every day that a violation continues constituting a separate offense.”
The Humane Care for Animals Act has a broad definition of companion animals. Under the act, a,
“‘Companion animal’ means an animal that is commonly considered to be, or is considered by the owner to be, a pet. ‘Companion animal’ includes, but is not limited to, canines, felines, and equines.”
Per this definition, any animal Illinoisans keep as a pet could be considered a companion animal. So consider the ramifications if HB 1166 passes. For instance, a hamster is a companion animal is it not? Have you ever brought a hamster home from the pet store only to find out later that it was pregnant and had anywhere from 5-8 babies? So, HB 1166, if it passed, would then require you to get a permit because overnight your hamster became a mommy, unbeknownst to you. And if you don’t get a permit for your little bundles of hamster joy, will a SWAT team bust down your door, confiscate all your animals, and throw you in jail? Do you see how ludicrous HB 1166 is? Read the rest of this entry »