Chicken Owner Needs Help Fighting City Hall

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by atlantachickenwhisperer, Jan 4, 2009.

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  1. atlantachickenwhisperer

    atlantachickenwhisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    January 4, 2009

    Hello Chicken Buffs,

    I hope your all having a wonderful weekend. Your help is needed once again! I received an e-mail from a young lady in Gulf Port, Florida. The city is trying to take away her right to keep her hand raised pet chickens. It appears that the city voted unanimously to allow her to keep them, then changed their mind. I have added a lot of information below that may be confusing, but the bottom line is that we ALL need to send the Mayor and City Counsel Members an e-mail in support of this woman. I have found that when dealing with this type of situation we need to approach it using four main questions...

    1. Why is the city refusing to allow it's residents to "Go Green"?
    2. Why is the city refusing to allow it's residents to become self sufficient?
    3. Why is the city refusing to allow it's residents access to fresh organic chemical free food?
    4. Why is the city refusing to allow it's residents to save money during this hard economic time?

    We don't want the headlines in the paper to read..."Gulf Port Bans All Chickens" We want the headlines to read..."Gulf Port refuses residents to go green" or "Gulf Port refuses residents to become self sufficient" or "Gulf Port refuses residents access to fresh organic chemical free foods." or "Gulf Port refuses to allow resident to save some money during hard economic times"

    See how we need to approach this!

    I have looked at the Gulf Port laws, and here's what they say regarding chickens...

    Sec. 5-12.1. Keeping poultry, livestock.
    It shall be unlawful to own, keep, or maintain any poultry as defined by Florida Statutes, Section 583.01 or livestock, as defined by Florida Statutes, Section 588.13 within the City of Gulf Port.

    Florida Statutes, Section 583.01 states...
    (19) "Poultry" means all kinds of poultry and includes chickens, turkeys, ducks, guineas, geese, pigeons raised as domesticated food birds, quail, and other domesticated food birds.

    Florida Statutes, Section 588.13 states...
    (1) "Livestock" shall include all animals of the equine, bovine, or swine class, including goats, sheep, mules, horses, hogs, cattle, ostriches, and other grazing animals.

    Now, she is not raising "food birds" and chickens are not mentioned under livestock!

    Websters defines livestock as...Domestic animals, such as cattle or horses , raised for home use or for profit.

    Websters defines pet as...An animal kept for amusement or companionship.

    Again the bottom line is that we ALL need to send an e-mail to the Mayor, and City Counsel members in support of this woman. This is time sensitive because they are voting again on Tuesday! I have included the e-mail addresses below.

    Mike Yakes, Mayor - [email protected]

    Council Members

    Judy Ryerson - [email protected]
    Michele King - [email protected]
    Bob Worthington - [email protected]
    Mary Stull - [email protected]

    Here are the newspaper articles about this case...

    http://www.tampabay.c...

    http://www.tampabay.c...

    This could be any one of us in this position. We need to start being pro-active! I will be sending my e-mail this evening so it will be waiting on them to arrive in the morning!

    Thank you for your help!

    Andy (Chicken Whisperer)
     
  2. kodiakchicken

    kodiakchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This probably needs to be posted under the city ordinance/chicken laws thread. It will get better response there.
     
  3. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Double post. Continue the thread here.
     
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