Chicken Advocates to Petition Killed Ordinance

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Updated: 7/11/2013 9:12 am
        Jamie Brown  raising chickens means a lot to advocates in Chattanooga.
        "Many people aren't able to afford healthy organic food and by having a couple birds in your back yard.  It provided you with healthy, omega-3, organic eggs," said Brown.
        They're so passionate about it that many residents keep them illegally, and because they don't want to get caught, many of them didn't show as much support for the chicken ordinance as they wanted to.
        "Even though they weren't the most vocal at the meeting or with their councilmen, they still want it," Brown said.
        Councilman Larry Grohn says there was a question of constitutional rights when council members added an amendment that would give neighbors a say so in whether or not a person could own chickens.
         "If you had five or six neighbors.  One of them could veto you being able to have chickens in your back yards.  I think a lot of us thought that was too much power for a neighbor to have over someone," Grohn said.
        Taking that amendment out is the reason some of the council changed their vote to no.
        Brown says "no" isn't an acceptable answer.
        "We're probably gonna petition.  We're gonna go and show there are many residents that are in favor of having chickens and if we gotta put on paper we're gonna do it," she said.
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Todd of Hixson - 7/11/2013 10:01 AM
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come on people the city is NOT a place for livestock. There are health and sanitation issues because urban communities are closer together with their neighbors than rural communities. The smells, sounds, health issues, and nuisances associated with having chickens is not something urban citizens should have to put up with. Eggs are cheap enough even the organically produced ones so get over it and move to the country if you just HAVE TO HAVE your disgusting and unsanitary yard birds. You think you have the right to raise these chickens within urban areas but we who live in the city should have the right to not to be subjected to this especially since it's currently ILLEGAL. What does that tell you about the people who have them anyway? They're gonna do what they want anyway regardless. At least with the no vote it gives the law abiding neighbor some leverage if it has to go to court.
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