Guess I’ll have to forgo my law-abiding citizen status. My clothesline though–that’s staying!
County Declares Chickens Are Not Pets. (Seriously, They Did)
September 12, 2008
Can a chicken be a pet, or is a chicken just a farm animal? In Escambia County, chickens have now been official declared farm animals and stripped of any hope of being legal pets.
The legal status of chickens was considered by the Escambia County Commission Thursday morning at the request of Commissioner Gover Robinson. Apparently, some “cultures” consider chickens as pets, causing things to run afoul when when the fowls end up with the same rights in a neighborhood as cats and dogs.
“You and I many not see chickens as pets, but there are other people that do,” Robinson said. “The question is, if they don’t infringe on their neighbors, is there the ability for them to have it.”
“It’s a gender issue,” Commissioner Mike Whitehead said. “If you allow the chicken, the hen, then you have to allow the rooster.”
“It’s real simple; we just say no. They are farm animals,” Whitehead said. “I understand about diversity. But when you come to America, chickens are farm animals. I’m sorry.”
“The motion is that we reject the request to classify chickens as pets,” Whitehead stated.
The motion passed 3-1, with Robinson voting against it and Commissioner Marie Young absent.
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