I agree there are far more strings attached to a few harmless chickens then a dog or cat. I agree that dogs and cats get can be allowed to cause much more damage, especially loose cats that are responsible for killing many animals/native species. When you look at our local ordinance for a dog or cat its only like 3 sentences. When you look at the one for chickens it is a small novel.
It's the price to pay when living in a city. We have many folks and neighbors living around us that all have the right to a different opinion. If I could afford living outside our city, and have the time to commute I would much prefer to live in the countryside.
I am happy we could find some compromise with citizens of the city. The city officials are elected by people, and are responsible to listen to their constituents. I am thankful enough people got together and worked toward a common goal. It shows that even though there was some compromise with fees that our city government was responsive to the community. We did win 5 hens over the cities proposed 3(whoot whoot!) The Mayor even complimented that we were the most organized group they have ever been faced with. Our city officials are all just people too and might even live next door. In this day and age I don't envy the job of any politician or government official. I'm glad that I don't have a job that no matter what I do makes people unhappy or mad at me everyday. Hopefully as time passes it will get easier for each city. Hopefully we can pave the way for other communities to have chickens without lengthy ordinances and fees.
Again, I am thankful just to have 5 spoiled hens pulling at my pant leg and shoe laces each day.