YOU DONT HAVE TO BE A FLORIDA RESIDENT TO HELP OUT PLEASE READ UPDATES BELOW!!!! Hello Everyone here in BYC and everyone else that is first coming in to this website's forum to help out. First of all......... and thank you for coming out to help! We need all the help we can get by having you guys support us in this fight to keep our chickens here in Orlando, FL. As some of you know, Here in Orlando, and many counties here in Florida in general, have a law that states poultry can be raised in ONLY certified agricultural areas, and forbids ownership in residential suburban areas. Now many people around the U.S have chickens in their suburban homes without any problems, but only in those states that have changed those laws to keep chickens in suburban homes. Some examples would be California(Los Angeles, Pleasant Hill, and more), NY, Washington(Seatle), and more.....You can read more on this below........... 1. http://www.usatoday.com/news/offbeat/2009-01-02-urban-chicken_N.htm 2. http://www.dailynewstribune.com/homepage/x220011758/Chicks-in-the-city-Many-residents-keeping-chickens-at-pets 3. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=99189689 (nice article!) Now there are other people that do live in those states that havent been able to change their laws, and even keep chickens illegaly to say; including myself, and everyone that has poultry in their suburban, residential homes. Now we know many reasons why we keep Poultry(Chickens, ducks, etc), and can't blame ourselves for not knowing or doing "research" if they are permitted in our area or not....many of us dont want to go against the law but many of us know the beneficial things of having poultry in our home and if we have had to go againt a rule on it then we would to go against, like many already have in the past........liked those same people that helped changed their states laws to keep poutlry in their own backyards!........................ WE NEED YOUR HELP!! Why do we need help? We need help because if we aren't able to help out or get help, than many people around Orlando are going to keep losing their chickens like some other people already have in the past. I know many people around my area that have been reported by at least ONE pesky neighbor and have had to give away their chickens. If other people have been able to change their local laws; even in more complicated places like cities, than so can we!! HOW can we help? We can help by just sending a couple of emails(just copy, and paste the same email to everyone if possible!) with our positive opinions on why poultry should be allowed to have in suburban, residential areas. I know and have heard of some people that have been able to change their laws by getting support like this and doing this same exact thing. This does work because your facts and positive opinions on this DOES matter! It doesnt matter if you are or are not a resident or Orlando or Florida at all! Just educate the people that are uneducated in poultry who think they are just Stupid, nasty, dirty, smelly, noisy animals to have. SOME THINGS TO SAY ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF HAVING POULTRY! WHY WE KEEP POULTRY! 1. Supply our families with Fresh, natural, Organic(depends if you make them organic) eggs that are free of antibiotics, and chemicals. and mostly in these harsh economic times where we need all the help we can get either by growing gardens, or just raising chickens. 2.A. Helping the environment....you dont need to be a treehugger to keep poultry to say .By keeping poultry they keep our gardens, and properties clean out of harmfull pests without the use of harmfull chemical pesticides. they remove ticks, grubs, and moslty here in Florida...Fire ants! B. Their feces provides our gardens with natural nitrogen full organic fertilizer to grow our gardens without nasty chemical fertilizers. 3. And these animals also help out with stress, they are such great animals to have in the home because they have such great personalities and are great to have in general...... AND EVEN MORE REASONS but you can add more if you'd like! HERE ARE THE PEOPLE TO CONTACT............... People To Contact to get this Law Changed and to start making a difference! UPDATE1.Zoning Divisions Manager- Mitch Gordon-Email: [email protected] (Contact him FIRST because he is the one that will take this further!) UPDATE We do not need to contact him anymore until futhur notice....he tells us to now just contact the board of directors below......PLEASE DO! 2. Legislative Senator of the State of Florida- Mel Martinez- http://martinez.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactInformation.ContactForm PLEASE CONTACT HIM TO ADD THIS POULTRY LAW TO ALL OF FLORIDA!!!!!!! AND FOR HIS SUPPORT!!! BOARD OF COMMISIONERS THAT WILL GET THIS PASSED! 3. District 1 commisioner- S. Scott Boyd Email: [email protected] 4. District 2 commisioner- Fred Brummer Email: [email protected] 5. District 3 commisioner- Mildred Fernandez Email: [email protected] 6. District 4 commisioner- Linda Stewart Email: [email protected] (Shes a 2006 District 4 Avian Flu Panel Member, so watch out for her and have good reasons!) 7. District 5 commisioner- Bill Segal Email: [email protected] 8. District 6 commisioner- Tiffany Moore Russell Email: [email protected] AND IF YOU REALLY WANT TO HELP.......................................... 9. Mayor Richard T. Crotty Email: [email protected] Thank you once again for everything and i hope everyone can have the chance to help out....everyone here will appreciate your help!!