7-12-300  Ban of unlicensed possession of animals for slaughter.
   No person shall own, keep or otherwise possess for their own food purposes, or slaughter, any animal; provided, however, that this prohibition shall not apply to edible byproducts, such as eggs or milk, produced by an animal.
   Nothing in this ordinance shall be construed to prohibit any properly licensed establishment from slaughtering for food purposes any animals which are specifically raised for food purposes.
   Agents of the Department, police officers and humane investigators of any agency licensed by the City of Chicago and/or the Illinois Department of Agriculture for the prevention of cruelty to animals shall have the authority to confiscate any and all animals kept in violation of this ordinance. Enforcement personnel shall have the authority to enter any business premises during normal business hours where an animal or animals described in this ordinance are being housed or kept, but shall only enter domiciles or businesses during nonbusiness hours after obtaining a proper search warrant or permission to enter from the occupant or owner of such premises.
   Any person found to have been in violation of this section shall be fined not less than $50.00 nor more than $1,000.00 for each offense. When a person keeps, owns or slaughters more than one animal in violation of this ordinance, the unlawful keeping, owning or slaughtering of each animal will be considered a separate offense for the purposes of this ordinance.
(Prior code § 98-11.1) (Amend Coun. J. 10-28-15, p. 11951, Art. X, § 9; Amend Coun. J. 11-16-16, p. 37901, Art. I, § 30)