By Ryan McGreal
Published May 12, 2009
The Kansas City Star reports that urban chicken ownership is on the rise across the US:
The movement started with the rationale that raising chickens fits in with efforts toward local and pure foods, supporters say, and the eggs are fresh and flavorful. The animals also are entertaining pets, many say.
At issue is a petition by KC resident David Crupper, who is asking the city for a special-use permit to house up to four chickens in his backyard. He already owns the chickens and wants to make it legal.
Let's hope that Crupper fares better than Hamilton's David Thompson, who recently requested a change in this city's bylaw banning chickens with in the city.
The economic planning and development committee, demonstrating its tendency to refuse even to study whether it should change its policy, let alone actually changing it, denied Thompson's request to present a delegation to the committee.
Councillor Lloyd Ferguson, a member of the committee, was quoted musing, "I'm not sure we want to go down this road," but heavens forfend that we might make an informed decision not to go down the road of small-scale urban chicken ownership.
While our councillors keep their heads tucked safely under their wings, citizens are left pecking at the hardscrabble crumbs our barren public policy.
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