Urban farmers fight to keep animals in city

February 17, 2010 As the interest in growing and raising your own food gains momentum, those in Calgary, Canada, are finding themselves going against city regulations. The Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw

“doesn’t allow people to keep livestock within city limits. Livestock means chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese and pheasants, as well as horses, pigs, cattle and sheep.”

Paul Hughes, who was charged with illegally keeping chickens in his backyard, hopes to raise awareness about backyard chickens. Ultimately he’d like the bylaw changed and reflect those of some of his southern neighbors in Seattle, Portland, New York City, and Vancouver.

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