Highland Park, Illinois May Consider Breed Ban for “Pit Bulls”
From the Chicago Tribune:
Highland Park Mayor Michael Belsky called for a citywide ban on pit bulls today, three days after a 14-year-old girl was bitten on the face and arm, requiring hundreds of stitches, he said.
…”These are mercurial dogs, they are unpredictable and they are lethal,” Belsky said. “I think we need to lead by example here, and maybe other communities will follow suit and create a groundswell, like the smoking ban.”
Belsky had already been working with state legislators and several concerned residents about amending Illinois law so that the home rule community would be able to prohibit breeds, he said.
Regardless of what legislators do, “my feeling is we should be proactive and do it anyway,” said Belsky, who visited with the girl Saturday.
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Please contact the Highland Park Mayor and City Council and politely inform them that breed-specific ordinances are ineffective and unenforceable.Â You might also want to inform them that there is a statewide prohibition of breed-specific legislation (BSL) in Illinois and that while Highland Park may try to invoke their home rule status as a justification to pass BSL, the constitutionality of home rule status has not been determined such that Illinois municipalities can pass BSL in defiance of state law.Â Nor has it been proven that any one breed is inherently vicious which means there is no threat to public safety that would justify passing BSL under home rule status.