(Note: the vote on this measure takes place at 2:00 pm Tuesday, August 3rd)
The Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is proposing code changes to support and encourage urban agriculture.
Please help local chickens by asking the Seattle City Council not to raise the limit on the number of chickens that may be kept in Seattle, and not to ban roosters. Animals—especially those viewed as a disposable food source—suffer terribly and needlessly at the hands of an ever-increasing number of inexperienced “urban farmers.”
Seattle Animal Shelter already takes in 20-30 unwanted roosters and some hens per year, and local area veterinarians are dealing with an increase in surrendered, sick urban hens from people who don’t want to pay vet bills for “food animals.” Approximately 80% of coop owners are already above the current limit. Raising it further may cause more over-population problems.
Let’s help the Seattle City Council keep compassion for animals in mind as they help improve the options for urban farmers in Seattle. (More information below.)
Please be sure to mention that you do not support raising the fowl limit from 3 to 8.
Seattle City Council
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