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– Rooster ban proposed by BARC

Posted by cjkrebs on October 10, 2013

Hello Hens Supporters!

0.) Next meeting Sunday, November 10, 2 – 4 PM at the Ginger Man in Rice Village

1.) Barc’s Animal Ordinance

As some of you may have noticed, BARC recently introduced changes to the animal code for public review which did not include relaxing rules on hens. The only change that has been introduced regarding chickens is a ban on roosters.

What does this mean for Hens for Houston?

After election season we will work with our allies on Council to review and propose new relaxations on hens. We believe in this atmosphere we can re-initiate discussion without concerns about roosters.

What about the ban on roosters?
We encourage those who feel strongly about any part of the draft to express their opinion. The draft can be found at: http://www.houstontx.gov/barc/chapter6draft.pdf

To discuss changes, there will be a conference call with BARC on Tuesday, October 15 from noon to 1 pm, and hearing 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Houston Permitting Center (HPC) 1002 Washington Avenue, Houston 77002. More info can be found by emailing christopher.newport@houstontx.gov

BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions Seeking Input
on Recommended Ordinance Changes

Tuesday, October 15, 2013  


BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions will hold a second stakeholder meeting on the recommended revisions to Chapter 6 of the Code of Ordinances concerning animal-related regulations in the City of Houston on Tuesday, October 15, 2013. The meeting will take place 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Houston Permitting Center (HPC) 1002 Washington Avenue, Houston 77002 in the basement training room B2. Please share this email with kennels, pet groomers and rescue organizations.  

 If you were not able to attend the first Chapter 6 stakeholder meeting on October 1, a video of the proceedings is available at www.YouTube.com/WeAreBARC.

 Some of the key recommended revisions to the current ordinance include changes to commercial pet service facility protocols such as the minimum distance requirement, additional protocols to reduce animal cruelty across the city and revised record-keeping procedures. Other changes are simply administrative. 

 To see a current draft of Chapter 6, which incorporates some of the changes suggested during the first stakeholders meeting, visit http://www.houstontx.gov/barc/chapter6draft.pdf. Note that items in the draft that are crossed out indicate language that is removed in the revised ordinance and items underlined are additions. 

 The PowerPoint presentation used during the first meeting, and a “Chapter 6 Revised Issue Action Report” is available on the “City Animal Codes and Laws” page at http://www.houstonbarc.com/

 Follow BARC at www.Facebook.com/BARCHouston to stay posted on the latest news regarding Chapter 6.

 If you are unable to attend the meeting but would like to participate in the conversation, we will hold a conference call to solicit feedback on the revisions on Tuesday, October 15 from noon to 1 p.m. Please dial into 866.574.2770. The conference code is 8685028007.

 By holding two in-person meetings and a conference call, BARC hopes to ensure that the changes reflect and promote the needs of animal-related businesses, pet owners and the public as a whole, especially as it relates to the well-being of animals and public safety.

 BARC plans to respond to questions and live tweet via Twitter (@BARC­_Houston) throughout the conference call and the in-person meeting (hashtag #Ch6BARC). You can view a live stream of the conference call and the in-person meeting at http://www.houstonbarc.com/. A video of the event will also be posted to www.YouTube.com/WeAreBARC by Thursday, October 17. 

Note that this is a different process from the one that has taken place over the past year regarding hens.

For any questions or to RSVP for the meeting, contact Christopher Newport at Christopher.Newport@houstontx.gov.

2.) Looking for an Events Coordinator!

Are you a chicken person AND a people person? We are looking for help (5 hrs/ month) of someone to manage and coordinate volunteers for outreach events!

Once or twice a month we participate in events across the city. It’s a fun way to increase visibility and share information about hens. The events coordinator would  help coordinate volunteers and work with the event organizers to determine what materials would be necessary – at most 5 hours a month.

In the past, we’ve organized booths at the Arboretum’s Earth Day, attended a variety of neighborhood festivals, the Girl Scouts 100th birthday party. No prior experience with people nor chickens is required, just a desire to help out and make new friends.


All the best,
Hens for Houston


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