We cannot allow this to stand.
"CHICAGO (AP) — The City Council is poised to send a message to residents: We don’t want your clucking chickens.
up for a vote Wednesday is a proposal to ban chickens, a former
barnyard denizen that is pecking its way into cities across the country
as part of a growing organic food trend among young professionals and
other urban dwellers."
The lame-ass excuse–and I am not making this up–is that:
"This past summer I started hearing that residents were letting
chickens out of their yard and they were leaving poop and mice were
feeding off of it," said Alderman Lona Lane.
That’s right. If we let people have chickens in their backyard, mice might come along and eat the chicken shit.
Now, what the nice alderman meant to say is that mice could eat the chicken food–grains and so forth. But of course, mice would also be drawn to any number of other kinds of pet food, not to mention human food. Shall we ban bakeries because mice might snatch the bread crumbs?
Then there are "concerns about parasites the birds might carry, and the possibility
that they could transmit bird flu if it makes its way to the U.S." As if a few backyard hens in Chicago are going to be our biggest problem if we have a serious avian flu outbreak.
Concerns about noise get raised as well–and roosters can be loud, which is why sensible city ordinances can regulate noisy roosters the same way they regulate other loud animals like–oh, I don’t know–dogs?
Ask anyone who was a young adult around the time of World War II, and you’ll find that backyard hens were an ordinary part of neighborhood life back then. Regulating the number of chickens, limiting or banning roosters, and requiring that the birds be properly cared for is all part of the city’s job. They should treat chicken owners the same way they treat dog owners-a little light regulation, and a few laws on the books to fall back on if things get out of hand. But beyond that, the city has no business keeping its residents from their freshly-laid eggs.