Outlaw Chickens Reprieved!
Here’s to saying “No!” to nosy nanny neighbors — today the Minneapolis StarTribune reported:
The outlaw chickens of Burnsville likely will become legal citizens in short order, thanks to 11-year-old Stefan Remund, who took on City Hall in a battle to keep his small brood.
The City Council agreed during a work session Tuesday to amend an animal ordinance so people may own up to four chickens if their backyard coops meet specifications and other conditions are met. That means Stefan will be able to keep raising his Plymouth Barred Rocks named Sha Kota, Rachel, Tilly and a Buff Orpington called Miss Marilyn Monroe.
A neighbor had complained about the boy’s seven chickens, prompting an animal control officer to visit the Remund home in September. At a council meeting in October, Stefan pleaded with the council and soon became a chicken-owning celebrity.
Wow! City government taking a common-sense approach to pet animal ownership – how did the folks at Peta miss this? ( …and how can we keep them out of other animal-related legislation?)
Our thanks to young Stefan and his brother Wesley, who took on City Hall — and won. Our future seems a little brighter when young activitists fight for common sense instead of political correctness.