Category Archives: Backyard livestock

Urban animal agriculture, such as backyard chickens, ducks, goats, and rabbits

The basic argument against backyard chicken ordinances

NOTE: this is the basic argument against city ordinances allowing backyard chickens, though obviously you could apply the same arguments to one’s personal decision to keep chickens. The basic argument against backyard chickens is that allowing this practice creates an … Continue reading

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More Problems With Abandoned Backyard Chickens

When I protested against the proposal to encourage backyard chickens in Denver two years ago, one of the questions I asked was “What do you think is going to happen when owners get roosters from hatcheries? Chicks are hard to … Continue reading

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The Normalization of Cruelty (continued)

Michael Pollan, while celebrating the virtues of keeping backyard chickens, recently made a comment that chickens are “nasty and stupid” — and therefore, it sounds like, more deserving of being killed.  Karen Davis, founder of United Poultry Concerns, incisively responded, … Continue reading

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Slaughter as Art — update

UPDATE Feb. 29: the “slaughter for art” project has been cancelled. Local activist Judy Carman met with Amber Hansen (the artist), her partner Nicholas, and KU professor Elizabeth Schultz on Monday. Amber will still display the empty coop and there … Continue reading

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Slaughter as Art

“The Story of Chickens — a Revolution” is an art project sponsored by the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, Kansas.  The stated purpose of the project is “to transform the contemporary view of chickens as merely ‘livestock’ to the … Continue reading

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On Raising Rabbits (review)

Comments by Nancy LaRoche on Chapter 13 “Raising Rabbits” From The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Urban Homesteading By Sundari Elizabeth Kraft Nancy LaRoche is the co-Manager of the Colorado House Rabbit Society First I must state that I adore rabbits … Continue reading

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Rules and Regulations Governing Food Producing Animals

The ordinance on “food producing animals” (chickens, ducks, and goats) in Denver was passed last June.  What follows below is the statement I submitted to the Board of Environmental Health on the proposed rules and regulations.  You can read the … Continue reading

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Akers, the Chicken

In case you don’t already know, the Denver “Food Producing Animals” ordinance passed at the Denver City Council on June 20 by a vote of 7 – 3. This is actually closer than it sounds, because there are 13 members … Continue reading

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My Concerns About Backyard Livestock

(Statement at Denver City Council’s Public Hearing about the “Food Producing Animals” ordinance) My name is Keith Akers and I live in District 4. I urge a vote against the proposed food producing animals ordinance unless substantial concerns are addressed.

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HSUS Letter to Denver City Council on the FPA Ordinance

I have just received a PDF copy of a letter the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) sent to Denver City Council concerning the proposed Food Producing Animals ordinance.  Read the whole thing (PDF document) here. The letter raises … Continue reading

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