Petition Tag - hens

1. Support the Land to Table Ordinance

The Land to Table Ordinance is meant to encourage, permit and regulate urban agriculture within the city limits of Lewisburg, WV. The proposed ordinance is based on the urban agriculture ordinance passed in Charleston, WV in 2013. The ordinance addresses personal and community gardens, beehives, hens and other urban agriculture activities.

Urban agriculture creates health awareness around food, nutrition by helping people to know where their food comes from. The ordinance permits and/or conditional use in certain zoned areas of the city to supplement the regulations already in place within the city limits of Lewisburg. The ordinance will increase access to fresh, locally grown wholesome foods while ensuring the health and safety of all its residents.

The Greenteam would like the Land to Table Ordinance passed in Lewisburg. Please add your name to the petition if you live within the city limits of Lewisburg and would also like to see the ordinance passed to encourage urban agriculture. The Greenteam will collect the signatures, and present them to Lewisburg City Council along with a presentation. The date will be announced and I hope you will be able to attend to show your continued support.

2. Allow Backyard Chickens in Odessa, Texas

The city of Odessa, Texas restricts residents from raising backyard chickens. As an agricultural, family-oriented community it only makes sense that Odessa should embrace the practice of urban backyard chickens!

Families that raise backyard chickens can form lasting bonds with their chicken enthusiast friends and neighbors. Raising chickens is a wonderful family activity and an excellent opportunity to teach children that their food doesn't grow on a grocery store shelf. It’s important that kids have a connection to their food (preferably healthy food) and understand the farm-to-plate chain.

By signing this petition, you’ll be telling Odessa's City Council Members that you want to be able to raise your own chickens organically, free of hormones and antibiotics, and let them enjoy a grassy backyard instead of the terrible conditions so unfortunately common in factory farm chickens.

Even if you are not interested in owning chickens, you can still benefit from this change in ordinance. Neighbors love to share and with an ordinance that allows up to ten hens, your own chicken enthusiast friends will be up to their beaks in eggs.

The two most common concerns residents have regarding urban chickens are noise and smell. Hens are very quiet animals. They will proudly call out when they have just laid an egg, but a hen's call is less obtrusive and more pleasant than a dog barking. Roosters, however, can be quite noisy which is why you'll find them omitted from most city ordinances that do allow backyard poultry. The good news is, you don't need a rooster to keep backyard chickens. They lay eggs daily without the aid of a rooster. As for smell, it is true that any animal leaves behind waste. Just as dog owners are expected to clean up their pet's waste, so should chicken owners. In fact, the very same ordinances that allow for chickens in our surrounding communities require chickens be kept in sanitary conditions just as other pet owners are expected to do.

The benefits of having happy hens clucking around far outweigh any of the concerns. Chickens for Odessa, a local movement of residents, urges you to join our fight. Use your given rights to vote for this change and sign the petition to bring chickens to Odessa!

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3. Ban the sale of caged hen's eggs: hens deserve happiness

For many years hens were confined to battery cages, with only the lucky few enjoying the free range lifestyle that they deserve. Since the 1st January 2012 this practice was banned.

Since that date they were replaced with caged hens and it was stated that all laying hens must be kept in "enriched" cages with extra space to nest, scratch and roost.

Have these proved successful and helped the welfare of the animals?

Following an Animal Welfare Investigations it was concluded that the Enriched Cages which now confine the hens:
- providing little three dimensional space
- limited the hens’ ability to carry out natural behaviours
for example: walking, wing flapping, dust bathing, perching and nesting.
- They are never allowed outside and do not see natural light.

Hens should be free range, but until we stop buying them this barbaric practice will continue: please sign my petition and help these creatures to enjoy the splender of the outdoors.

4. Allow backyard chickens in Brant County

Help us change the Brant county bylaw to allow backyard chickens. Hens are friendly, social, intelligent, affectionate, entertaining, low-maintenance, small, quiet, and inexpensive to keep.

They are quieter and cleaner than most dogs. They uniquely offer suburban and city-dwelling children the opportunity to understand a little more clearly where their food comes from. And they offer all of us the opportunity to produce a little of our own food – healthy, fresh, nutritious food that will contribute to the well-being of local families.

5. Legalize Backyard Hens in HKA

Houston is the fourth largest city to legalize the keep of backyard chickens. This is a growing trend that many share interest in.

With the growing price of eggs and the large demand of a more organic life style, I would like to be able to legalize the keep of up to four hens to be allowed in the Humble, Kingwood, and Atascocita community.

6. Ban Factory Farming

Factory farming is barbaric, greedy and hideous practice. About 990 million broiler chickens, one million nine thousand pigs, 15 million and even about a million cattle may be kept in factory farms in the UK at this very moment.

Pigs in factory farms are normally kept in cramped cages known as "farrowing crates" and piglets will often be taken away from their mothers and given drugs so that they grow much faster than they would naturally. Mother pigs in factory farms will often be used as nothing more than milk machines and never allowed to play with, nuzzle or raise their pigs. Piglets will also often have their teeth cut without blades without anesthetic.

Broiler chickens, too, are kept in cramped, barren cages. They will often be forced to eat as much as they can and their food may have drugs in it to make them gain weight quicker as well. Broiler chickens are also subjected to another cruel mutilation; the ends of their beaks are sliced off with red-hot blades. They are also often kept awake by lighting because, when they are not sleeping, they are more likely to be eating and putting on more weight.

Even dairy cattle are not entirely safe, as a species, from being factory farmed. They will often be kept in sheds under zero-grazing conditions. They will be given all they need to produce milk and remain profitable and that is that. The only exercise that cows kept under zero-grazing conditions is the walk to the milking parlour and back.

Even adult bulls and young calves are not safe in these farms. Adult bulls are often sent to slaughter for their meat. Their skins are often used as leather and their hooves may, sometimes, be used to make glue. Female calves are often kept to replace the older cows when they wear out, but bull calves are often just taken out and shot because most farmers do not want to raise that many calves that are of the dairy breed for their meat, as they are not of the same type as the actual beef cattle, and they, of course, cannot produce milk.

Egg-laying hens are still often kept in battery cages or indoor systems which are only slightly better. The male chicks that are born to this egg-laying variety, while sometimes kept for breeding, are often gassed using CO2 because they cannot lay eggs and, being of egg-laying breeds, it is unlikely that they will grow enough meat to be considered profitable.

7. End Smithfield Rhode Island's ban on laying hens in R-20 Zones

This petition is to request that zoning laws in the R-20 zones be changed to allow the raising of hens for personal use on ones property with specific guidelines followed. Guidelines being up too six (6) hens per household with zero (0) roosters present.

Coops will be kept sanitary and hens must be contained strictly within property lines.

It is our right to raise our own food and know where it comes from.

8. Chickens for Fairfax County, Virginia

Petition to Allow Residential Hen-Keeping in Fairfax County

We, the undersigned residents of Fairfax County, call upon the members of the Fairfax County, Virginia Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors to amend the Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance to provide for the responsible keeping of chickens by residents within the county on residential lots smaller than two acres.

Problem: The Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance restricts residents who live on lots smaller than two acres from keeping chickens unless they complete 33-page application, pay up to a $910 fee, and gain approval following a public hearing. This represents a prohibitive burden as most Fairfax residents have far less land, yet many would like the benefits of keeping a few hens.

Proposal:
 Female chickens (hens) only, no roosters.
 Number of hens scaled to lot size with 1/8th acre minimum.
 Hens will be kept in a humane and sanitary fashion that does not present a nuisance to neighbors or affect the visual character of the neighborhood.

Many municipalities across the country, including in Virginia, are allowing their residents to keep a limited number of hens.

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR EFFORTS TO CHANGE THE ZONING ORDINANCE TO ALLOW RESIDENTIAL HEN-KEEPING IN FAIRFAX COUNTY!

9. Please amend the by-law to allow urban chickens

We would like you to change the Ottawa Bylaw: http://ottawa.ca/residents/bylaw/a_z/acc_en.html
to allow hens in rural Ottawa; a few backyard chickens cannot be louder or dirtier than dogs if properly cared for.

A good opportunity for all to get in touch with our rural roots and teach children where the food comes from.

10. Battery hens, look us in the eye when choosing to buy

Caged for life without exercise while constantly drained of calcium to form egg shells, battery hens develop the severe osteoporosis of intensive confinement know as caged layer fatigue.

Calcium depleted, millions of hens become paralyzed and die of hunger and thirst inches from their food and water

11. Allow Backyard Hens in Rockaway Beach Missouri

1. The keeping of chickens in the city supports a local, sustainable food system by providing an affordable, nutritious source of protein through fresh eggs.

2. The keeping of chickens also provides free, quality, nitrogen-rich fertilizer; chemical-free pest control; animal companionship and pleasure; weed control; and less noise, mess and expense than dogs and cats.

The purpose of this petition is to provide support for standards for the keeping of domesticated chickens. It is intended to enable residents to keep a small number of female chickens on a non-commercial basis while limiting the potential adverse impacts on the surrounding neighborhood.