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Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Backyard Chickens: Unfortunate Pawns in Neighborhood Chess
We had a CLUCK meeting tonight with a good turnout, but a sobering, somber assessment. As we went around the room listening to people's chicken stories far too many sounded something like:
We had a few chickens illegally in the County, but they weren't bothering anyone and all the neighbors were okay with them until we had an issue with one neighbor and in suspiciously coincidental, apparent retaliation, county code enforcement showed up and we had to give up the chickens or pay a really steep fine, which was really hard on the kids, who still want to know where their pets are.
Its one thing to make a neighbor move a fence, or relocate a boat, or mow their lawn more frequently, but something entirely different to make living pet animals into pawns, easily knocked off the chessboard in games neighbors play.
This has to stop. Neighbors will always have differences and some people will always try to get the government to do their dirty work instead of solving problems neighbor-to-neighbor. We won't stop people from turning their neighbors in for alleged violations. But isn't it some form of animal abuse to use pets as surrogates for other issues?
Let's work to take chickens off the neighborhood chess board.