Urban agriculture, backyard chicken coops cause flap in Vancouver

Twitter brought this news to me today. I think, this has been true in Russian cities for a long time. Nothing wrong with that.


Urban agriculture, backyard chicken coops cause flap in Vancouver: "Hard times are upon us. Little wonder, then, that urban agriculture is emerging as one of the expensive city of Vancouver's new growth industries.

This seemed like a fitting proposal: Return to city residents their right to raise chickens in their own backyards. Throw a drumstick to civil libertarians, thrifty do-it-yourselfers and poultry enthusiasts, all in one motion.

Alas, an effort to delete Vancouver's 30-year-old anti-chicken bylaw has caused a minor flap. The pro-poultry motion was brought before Vancouver city council last week, and endorsed in principle by the local health authority. But commercial chicken farmers oppose it, for obvious reasons. So does the B.C. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which fears that backyard birds might fall prey to creatures besides ravenous humans.

Still others have raised concerns about the potential spread of disease, such as the dreaded avian influenza, or 'bird flu.'

Regardless, Vancouver city staff workers are drafting new chicken guidelines. For inspiration, they need only look at existing rules for local beekeepers. Four years ago, apiarists won the right to keep hobby hives in the city. No one seems to mind.

Staff will certainly look to neighbouring cities such as Burnaby and Richmond, where backyard chicken coops have long been allowed. Besides..."

Read more about it on the official blog page.
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