Petition for backyard poultry - for or against
A petition is currently underway in Durham,
North Carolina, US, with the aim of lifting the city's ban on chickens.
The online Durham Chicken Petition has acquired about 535 signatures, according to
Kavanah Ramsier of South Eastern Efforts Developing Sustainable
To take this to the next step, SEEDS
will soon be holding a meeting where representatives will be on hand to answer
questions about the side effects, good and bad, of chickens in an urban
Pros and cons
Opponents argue that chickens
contribute to noise pollution, bad smells and compromising the general
cleanliness of the city. Advocates, however, argue that chickens produce
wholesome eggs, provide fertilizer and add entertainment value to a backyard.
The meeting is intended to help
people decide whether to endorse this petition and ask that the City Council
legalise the chickens throughout town.
City councilman Eugene
Brown says the council will make that decision when the time comes, but that
roosters are not invited into the city, although chickens may be received a
little more favourably.
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