September 18, 2010

Upcoming Salem City Counsel meeting to hold vote on chickens.

White Leghorn hen.
by Nate Rafn
September 18th, 2010

This Monday, September 20th at 7:30 PM, Salem City Counsel will vote on a chicken ordinance.

Chickens In The Yard (CITY), Salem's urban chicken advocacy group, has been battling with City Counsel since early 2009. The process has been slow, and a handful of counselors have been unwilling to work with CITY on getting an ordinance passed.

However, Barbara Palermo, top organizer with CITY is confident she has enough votes to move forward.

My Thoughts

Allowing residents in urban areas to keep chickens is essential. As we collectively move towards a more sustainable future, gardening and small scale animal husbandry will play a big part in shaping our community. I believe that incorporating chickens into our gardens and edible landscapes will strengthen neighborhoods, deter crime, improve home values, reduce polution, cut food costs, and make our communities more self-sufficient.

I strongly encourage anyone who supports our right to keep a few backyard hens to join me at Salem City Hall on Monday night. This is our chance to show the City of Salem that after nearly two years of debate, our enthusiasm for this ordinance has not been diminished.

Salem City Hall
Council Chambers Room 240
555 Liberty St NE Salem
Monday, September 20th, 7:30 PM

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