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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.


7 Responses to “County Declares Chickens Are Not Pets. (Seriously, They Did)”

  1. J Carson on September 18th, 2008 8:16 am

    Ha ha Walnut Hill loses

  2. Becky on September 13th, 2008 6:35 pm

    Good Grief—

  3. Robert Vaughn on September 13th, 2008 4:59 pm

    Its nice to see that with everything bad going on in Escambia County the commisioners have nothing better to do than try to tell us what is and isnt a pet. They can say what they want but our chickens are pets. Our chickens stay in our yard in a pen. Unlike our neighbors dogs and cats that are roaming the neighborhood and using the bathroom in everyones yards,and digging holes in our yards. But that is ok the problem commisioners will be out on there rumps soon, but not soon enough.

  4. Chuck on September 13th, 2008 2:22 pm

    For 73 thousand dollars per year we get a clarification on chickens. Hey county commissioners, how about for an encore decide which came first the chicken or the egg? After all, isnt that the age old question we’ve all been wanting to have answered?

  5. AL on September 13th, 2008 2:36 am

    I am truly inspired by our local government.

  6. mark anthony on September 12th, 2008 7:39 pm

    Its just like someone from the city to define what a pet is. Have you ever held a cochin bantam? It is so docile and fluffy that most cannot survive on its own, as many ornamental breeds. Many ornamental breeds serve no purpose other than being “pets”.
    I am really concerned that this is one more step in removing our ability to raise our own food (read the headlines concering animal i.d’s) Controlling the food supply is controlling the nation.
    Our founding fathers all raised chickens including Abraham Lincoln and many prominent politians for fun and profit, so i think many breeds of chickens cause less harm and destruction as well as animal control than do dogs and cats. Ever heard of a kid being mauled by a chicken?
    Well my chickens are pets and my children “pet” them as they would a cat, my kids even “pet” them to sleep.

  7. almostretired on September 12th, 2008 10:27 am

    It’s good to see the county government pursuing important issues.