Chicken seems to be flavour of the month for many urban dwelling Americans at the moment, and according to The Globe and Mail, Vancouver is fast on the way to becoming the next place where keeping chickens is high on the agenda.
The city council has approved plans to allow people to keep chickens in the city, which will mean fresh eggs and the enjoyment of keeping animals (and increasing that sense of self sufficiency) will be a welcome addition to many families’ lives. Until now it has been illegal for people to keep chickens in their back yards, and many people feel this will be a great way for people to make a connection with the environment and a return to the more traditional ways of obtaining food.
The move to legalise keeping chickens in the city has received its share of opposition however, with comments being received from both the B.C. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the British Columbia Poultry Association warning that the move may send out the wrong message to people who then take on chickens without considering the practicalities and responsibilies involved, such as caring for them in general, housing, dealing with illness and ensuring safety from predators. City Councillor Andrea Reimer who proposed the plans in the first place argues however that anybody who has kept dogs or cats would be capable of learning to care for chickens.