Is This a Solid Ordinance?

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances (and how to change' started by Chicken Shift, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. Chicken Shift

    Chicken Shift New Egg

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    Hi Guys, Newbie here...just jumping in with this one -

    This is the only language in my local code relating at all to poultry. I bring it to you, the sages of BYC, for your interpretation. To me, the language is cloudy and not specifically prohibiting poultry. It seems to be excluding poultry from the term "cage birds" (pushing it, I know)

    but pairing that cloudy language with the somewhat limited listing of permitted animals, would I have an argument in city Council?


    Any person is permitted to maintain, keep or possess within the City , subject to the numerical limitations of ยง 72-32, any of the following animals, which classification shall be strictly construed:
    Cage birds: (The term includes parakeets, parrots, canaries, finches, lovebirds, myna birds and other birds ordinarily kept in cages in households; it excludes wild birds captured or rescued and kept in cages, as well as poultry.)
    Cats
    Dogs
    Ferrets
    Frogs
    Gerbils
    Goldfish and carp
    Guinea pigs
    Hamsters
    Lizards
    Mice, white
    Rabbits, restricted to European-type rabbits commonly kept as pets
    Rats, white
    Salamanders, any tailed amphibian
    Snakes, nonpoisonous
    Toads
    Tropical fish, limited to those customarily maintained in a household aquarium, except piranhas
    Turtles
    Vietnamese pot bellied pig
     
  2. kelck22

    kelck22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Basically chickens are not allowed "it excludes wild birds captured or rescued and kept in cages, as well as poultry"

    You can keep any animal on that list, but the bird category does not include wild birds and chickens.
     
  3. Chicken Shift

    Chicken Shift New Egg

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    That's what I was afraid of. I was hoping the way it is worded would give me some wiggle room to argue with.

    Its strange to me that they would not have a list of prohibited animals, though I guess that would be super long. I found noting in the codes about pigs, cows goats or any other kind of standard farm animals. This excerpt is literally the ONLY place animals are mentioned.
     
  4. kelck22

    kelck22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The way it is worded, anything not listed is not allowed. Sorry you cant have chickens!
     
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