The Orange County Register has the story. Last week, the Council introduced an ordinance to prohibit ducks, roosters, pigs, chickens, cows goats, horses and sheep. Animals on the prohibited list being kept as pets would have to be removed from the city 30 days after the ordinance passes... if it does.
Once again, chickens are getting lumped in with all the other barnyard animals, and, as the OCRegister reports, Rick Gilliland of the Coastal Animal Services Authority (animal control) says:
"Most cities regulate and/or prohibit these types of farm-type animals in residential areas," Gilliland. "On occasion they create a material detriment to the use, enjoyment or valuation of properties in close proximity to where the animals are being kept."This is true of any animal, isn't it? Aren't we talking about responsible animal ownership, period?
There can be noise, odors, flies, insects and other nuisance issues "that can quickly create an exasperating situation for neighbors," Gilliland said.
Christopher currently has a kennel permit to keep his 6 chickens and he plans to show up at the Council meeting on February 3 to defend his chickens.
If you're in the San Clemente area, join Christopher at the meeting (email me to get in touch with him).
If you can't make it to San Clemente but want to share your positive urban chickens experience with the City Council to keep them from doing the wrong thing, contact City Hall at 949-361-8200.