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– Houston Chronicle endorses Hens

Posted by cjkrebs on January 12, 2013

Read the article on the chron.com website!

The Houston Chronicle today published an editorial supporting urban chickens!

http://www.chron.com/default/article/Dealing-with-the-urban-chicken-4187449.php

We greatly appreciate the support of the Chronicle as we move one step closer to realizing our goal, and join the ranks of other Texas metropolitan areas that allow chickens.

H4H will be in public session next Tuesday to speak directly about our proposal, which can also be downloaded as a pdf:

1) Eliminate the distance constraint which requires coops and chickens to observe a certain setback from neighboring residences. According to Houston’s Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care (BARC), the vast majority of chicken complaints fall under the general animal ordinances regarding noise, sanitation, and roaming-at-large. Violations of only the distance requirement do not generate complaints.  Bellaire and San Antonio are two other Texas cities which successfully regulate chickens with just the general animal ordinance, without stipulating a setback.

2) Protect the rights of neighbors by punishing violations of the chicken ordinance to the same degree as violations by cats and dogs. It is important to respect the rights of those who wish to own chickens, and those who do not. The ordiance must be structured to dissuade disturbances to neighbors from chickens, just as there are structures to dissuade disturbances from other animals.

3) Recognize chicken waste as a valuable fertilizer. The current ordinance effectively prohibits the composting of chicken waste, a high-value organic fertilizer sold at garden stores across Houston. In comparision, the high levels of pathogens in cat and dog waste make it unfit for fertilizer.

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Read the article on the chron.com website!
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One Response to “– Houston Chronicle endorses Hens”

  1. TXJesse@aol.com said

    Yes, I saw it in the paper. Congrats. Your hard work and determination is paying off!! Barbara Duvall Wesolek

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