He was recently told he had to get rid of his flock of 3 because of local laws.
You apparently do not have to be a resident to sign the petition. There's a space where you tell why. I'm sure if enough us laud the benefits of having a small flock of hens, ie. pest control, right to provide our own sustenance, etc... it will help in his ability to persuade the city council and perhaps others in his community will get on board!
link to sign petition
Currently, the citizens of Cape Girardeau are not allowed, under any circumstance, to raise chickens on their own property. However, every other city around Cape Girardeau allows chickens (Jackson, Scott City) within certain guidelines.
If done correctly, raising chickens can be beneficial to the property owner and the surrounding neighbors. Chickens not only produce fresh, healthy eggs but they also eat insects and other pests. For instance, luring Japanese beetles from around the neighborhood to the local chicken coop removes all those pests from the surrounding homes and gardens.
It is time to find a middle ground between those that want nothing and those that want everything. I believe, if done properly, chickens can benefit everyone in Cape Girardeau. The chicken owners and the neighbors.