TwoLilFishies just lost her battle with the city. Looks like it will end up going to the supreme-court now ..
CalgarySun said:The chicken flap has been plucked, after a council committee quashed the idea of allowing a limited number of the feathered creatures be raised in people's backyard.
Bylaw boss Bill Bruce said that means officers would have to issue notices to those currently raising chickens for eggs within city limits, because it's prohibited.
"People who have chickens will be given a 30-day notice and we'll be following up," he said.
Administration was proposing a bylaw change that would allow a limited number of livestock be raised within the city, but the Community and Protective Services committee said no.
If urban chicken raisers don't comply, they'd be fined $200 and the birds would be seized, but the matter can also go to court, said Bruce.
Ald. Ric McIver, committee chairman, said majority of Calgarians don't want chickens raised in the city and that they believe livestock belong to the rural areas.
There's also no science that supports the notion that chicken operations in the backyard won't compromise people's health, said McIver.
Paul Hughes, president of Calgary Liberated Urban Chicken Klub (CLUCK) squawked at McIver's point saying the city just lost an opportunity to study the science of small chicken operations and their effects on people.
Mary MacDonald, a nurse, told the committee the city has a legal liability to protect its population from the potential problems of salmonella, e coli, bird flu and other diseases that the animal feces may bring.
"In my view, farm animals should remain on the farm where they can be cared for by competent farmers," said MacDonald, who was happy council nixed the pilot.
While committee was debating the matter, Mary March, who was charged in the past for keeping three chickens in the backyard, brought two of her hens to the old city hall lawn and allowed them to flap around.
"I'm keeping my chicken, I'm in a new neighbourhood now and I won't get reported because my new neighbour agrees with me," she said.
She doesn't fear charges being laid against her because she's within her rights to raise food in her backyard, said the woman.
March said the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights article 25 which says everyone has the right to food will shield her against attacks urban poultry snubs.
Hughes said he's ready to hop into more bird battle within the court system.
As early as next week, chicken raisers in Calgary will get removal notices from the city.