Odd wording in Ordinance

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances (and how to change' started by AndyWood, Jul 30, 2016.

  1. AndyWood

    AndyWood New Egg

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    I'm studying some local ordinances in order to gather evidence in hopes of having my own local ordinance changed. Most of the ordinances are pretty straight forward as to what they accepting and what they don't, but I've run into some odd wording in a couple of them:

    No person shall keep or house any animals or domestic fowl within the city except dogs, cats, birds, fowl or animals commonly classified as pets.

    Anybody know what fowl may be commonly classified as a pet?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] I'm really not certain, but perhaps pigeons?
     
  3. AndyWood

    AndyWood New Egg

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    I hadn't thought of pigeons...
     
  4. daddyman

    daddyman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    "A domesticated animal kept for pleasure rather than utility."

    Definition of pet from the dictionary.

    That to me, would encompass chickens.

    The problem is the person saying of course, for dogs and cats, that would apply, but chickens are "different."

    Who decides what "commonly" means?
     
  5. BBQJOE

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Void where prohibited.
    I think they're talking about parrots, parakeets and the like.
     
  6. daddyman

    daddyman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, that was the point.

    People consider exotic birds as pets, rather than entertaining that a common chicken could be the same.

    Again, depends on who decides " commonly."
     
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I really wish these folks who write this stuff would just be specific. Sure would save a lot of heartache and confusion! Why can't they just not "ASSume" things, that everyone thinks the same as the idiot writing the rules? Good grief.
     
  8. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Common would mean that any average person would associate the type of animal as a pet. While those of us with chickens find them interesting, entertaining and having the qualities that make a good pet, most people without that experience would not consider them.as pets, but as a source of meat and eggs.
     
  9. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    Exactly, they are livestock and thought of as a utility animal. People who raise pigs have a pet pig but it still gets slaughtered. A trained pet pig that is livestock.
     

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