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Hey, if you live in Iowa City and are amenable to the idea of your neighbors (or yourself!) being allowed to raise a few chickens in their backyards, please e-sign the online petition by clicking on the picture below. Thanks!



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Apr. 10th, 2009 03:57 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure what spo-ship is, but have you personally been exposed to loud chickens? It's my understanding that they don't make much noise at all, especially since roosters (the actual loud ones) aren't allowed in most urban chicken keeping areas, and the number of chickens you can have is quite limited. They'd certainly make a lot less noise than the numerous dogs in my neighborhood who are left in fenced backyards and bark at everything because they're bored.

As far as taking business from local farmers, I can say with certainty that: 1) not enough people in the city would actually raise chickens for it to make a dent in commercial sales of eggs; and 2) so few of the eggs purchased by people in the city are actually produced by local farmers, and instead are lain by chickens raised in factory farms where they are treated inhumanely. I'd like to know that my food source is coming from an animal that is being treated with respect and the care of a household pet, and also that it is being fed the healthiest grains available.
Apr. 11th, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
arguing against allowing urban dwellers to raise chickens because it takes business from local farmers is like saying it should be illegal to hem your own pants because it takes business from local tailors. you may as well argue it should be illegal to do anything for yourself that you could pay someone else to do because you're denying business that professional is somehow deserving of by virtue of being a professional. i don't buy it.

as for stupid pet owners, i seriously doubt the population of people interested in keeping their own chicken coop has as much potential for irresponsibility as the population of people who keep dogs and cats, and it doesn't appear you would support making dog or cat ownership illegal. just because some stupid people will become chicken owners doesn't mean it should be illegal for everyone.

and the noise, well, in many areas where urban dwellers can keep chickens they are required to get permission from all their neighbors before going ahead. that's one way to make sure that the people in the neighborhood are cool with whatever troubles having chickens around might bring. i have some friends in minnesota who keep chickens and their neighbors love it because they get free eggs out of the deal.
Apr. 11th, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Ginny. These are all excellent points.


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