Got a letter from the town...

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by perfectly_polish, Apr 26, 2008.

  1. perfectly_polish

    perfectly_polish Crowing

    Mar 1, 2007
    I got a letter from the town of Montville today about my "farm" animals. It doesn't really say if I have to get rid of them or not but it says if compliance is not established in 10 days a cease and desist order will be issued. I don't really have farm animals just the chickens and we did have a sheep but as some of you know he passed away. So as I was reading further it had FARM ANIMALS highlighted and they describe a farm animal as "any domestic animal maintained primarily for milk or food production..." So technically my sheep wasn't a farm animal because we didn't use him for any food production just show. And we don't use the chickens for food production either(we just show them too), I mean yes they lay eggs, but we don't sell them and thats just natural. So is there a loop hole around this if they say we have to get rid of our chickens?
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2008
  2. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Songster

    Apr 8, 2007
    If you claim they are pets....then they are not for food production. You can help that they lay eggs, right?

    Rough week!
  3. perfectly_polish

    perfectly_polish Crowing

    Mar 1, 2007
    Quote:Well they are just pets we don't use any of them for food production. We show the chickens, but we show the dogs too, so hopefully we will be able to get around this.
  4. perfectly_polish

    perfectly_polish Crowing

    Mar 1, 2007
    And to top the week off my moms Ex-husband died and my grampa broke his hip...ah, how can this get any worse.
  5. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing

    Mar 25, 2008
    Bless your heart. It sounds like you are having a time with things right now.

    I would suggest that you go to your local law library and do some research on the matter. The better informed and educated on this matter you are, the easier the fight will be. As long as you know your rights and they know that you know them, things will go much smoother for you.

    Good luck and hope the sun comes out again real soon. [​IMG]
  6. love-my-wolves

    love-my-wolves Songster

    Mar 14, 2008
    Front Royal, VA
    Do you have any ribbons/pics/documents from the shows? I would use them as evidence that they are indead "show-quality" pets, and not food. If you were raising meat birds, it would be a different story IMHO.
  7. perfectly_polish

    perfectly_polish Crowing

    Mar 1, 2007
    Quote:I have tons of ribbons from them, some in my room, but most of them in the barn. And I think I may still have documentation of one show we went to last year.
  8. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Hugs PP!

    The loop hole in my town's laws for roos was breeding or showing, then I could have them...

    YOu're not using the birds for food production and you're not selling the eggs so there's you loophole. You're show animals...
    If worse comes to worse, the Polish can be specialized Polish Ground Parrots right from the olde country...
  9. If a cease and desist order is issued.... ( I shudder to say this) retain an attorney.
  10. max13077

    max13077 Songster

    Why are they after you? Have you got some of those killer chickens that eat people or something? I always laugh when I hear stuff like this; out of disgust unfortunately . Of all the god-awful crap(I would have chosen a stronger word normally...) that's going on these days, governments still find the time and resources(of which they’re constantly b******* they have none) to pick on the little guy. When is enough, enough.

    Another Example(sorry if it’s long)

    I live near Skaneateles lake in Upstate, NY. It’s an absolutely beautiful lake. Naturally I want it protected for everyone else and myself to enjoy. On a good day you can see bottom in 30 feet of water out on the boat. In the last few years garbage trucks(big rigs) have found it’s quicker to go up my road hauling new york city trash to the Seneca meadows landfill rather than staying on the interstate. Long story short, I think at last count 8 of them in the past year have been involved in accidents where contents of the container had been disturbed or out and out dumped onto the ground. Living in the lake drainage area, we are subject to intense environmental regulation to keep the lake clean. I am all in favor of those regulations. However when the topic of these garbage trucks whizzing up and down the road right next to the lake and the potential contamination threat they pose is brought up to the DOT; that heavy duty regulating seems to vanish. They say they have no control, etc, etc. Basically we were given the royal run around. Recently it’s been uncovered by some people that there are actually laws already on the books that protect environmentally sensitive areas from threats like this. Are they being enforced? Yeah, two trucks went by as I was writing this.

    In a totally unrelated, but similar case in that it’s gov’t picking on the little guy; a nearby residents house was BULLDOZED a number of years ago cause it was inches too big for the property it was on!! Here we have a legitimate, if not dangerous issue with the garbage trucks, and the folks in charge are worried about some guys house being too close to the lake, property line, or whatever. It just burns my behind. Why not worry about something important that has the potential to affect tens of thousands of people? Nah, we’d rather pick on the little guy.

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