Monday 16 October 2017

Backyard chickens, part 1

This series is pulled from the local CBC headlines. Recently, we learned that our city council made a new bylaw outlawing backyard chickens. Also, other "livestock" type animals have been banned (the list included foxes, though), but the focus was on chickens.

As a former backyard chicken farmer myself (yes, I lived my Harrowsmith dream one summer, back in 2010), I am outraged by this. The bylaw isn't fair, it isn't sensible, and it isn't right. Our chickens were quiet, well-behaved, and goddammit, they were delicious.

So here is my protest, on behalf of all urban farmers. Because, as the old saying goes, wherever backyard chickens are outlawed, only outlaws will have backyard chickens.

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