Saturday, December 24, 2005
Ind. Decisions - More on: 7th Circuit upholds prohibition against pigeons coming home to Chicago to roost
A federal appeals court ruling this week clipped the hopes of Chicago pigeon racers who said a city law banning pet pigeons was unconstitutional.
On Thursday, a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge upheld an earlier District Court court ruling that found the city was within its rights to ban racing pigeons as pets.
Members of one of the nation's oldest racing clubs were crestfallen Friday.
The case pitted the property rights of the 70 or so members of Chicago's pigeon-racing club, the Greater Chicago Combine and Center, against those of neighbors who complained of scattered feathers, excessive cooing and droppings. * * *
Chicago is the only large American city with a total ban on homing pigeons, officials with the national American Racing Pigeon Union said. * * *
Other large cities have set limits on the number of birds or have required screenings to monitor disease, Clifton said.
Ald. Thomas Allen (38th) sponsored the ban two years ago, prompted by complaints that birders attached large lofts to garages and houses on lots that were only 30 feet by 125 feet.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 24, 2005 07:29 AM
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