Amend the city ordinance to allow backyard hens
  • Petitioned Clarksville City Council

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Clarksville City Council

Amend the city ordinance to allow backyard hens

    1. Dawn Smith
    2. Petition by

      Dawn Smith

      Clarksville, TN

There are several reasons that backyard hens are an important issue of the day. As concerns continue to rise with regards to the economy, the environment, and food safety, many individuals are looking to their own backyards for solutions.
In a nutshell, backyard chickens are pets with benefits.
The Ordinance that we are proposing is a "win-win" for the City of Clarksville by allowing responsible land owners the right to own chickens and maintaining the legal fallback to cite irresponsible animal owners. The yearly permit and $25 fee will cover any necessary paperwork and man hours added.
Based on the City of Nashville, Tennessee's Ordinance BL2011-47 that was passed in January of 2012, it is very comprehensive in scope. It requires the chicken keeper to maintain proper upkeep of both his/her chickens, as well as the environment in which they reside. Properly maintained coops and chicken enclosures ensure that both the neighbors as well as the chickens will be happy and healthy.
Thank you for your time and consideration.

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    Reasons for signing

    • amanda pace CLARKSVILLE, TN
      • over 2 years ago

      Chickens are amazing! They help keep bugs out of yards, can help feed a family with good, nutritious eggs that don't cost a fortune, are educational for children and adults alike, and let's face it... they make some awesome pets, too!

    • Aaron Goodpasture CLARKSVILLE, TN
      • over 2 years ago

      I can't believe this is even an issue... It wasn't long ago that hen keeping was THE NORM in society. It should have stayed that way!

    • JoAnn Johnson PRATTVILLE, AL
      • over 2 years ago

      Chickens eat insects and provide healthy local eggs.

    • leslie uccardi CLARKSVILLE, TN
      • over 2 years ago

      At the age of 19, my son had cancer which was caused by man made chemicals: pesticides and fertilizers. Chickens provide this organically.

      People can own big snakes and dogs which can kill someone's pet or child. Chickens are harmless unless you're a bug !

      Major cities in NY, Washington and others allow up to 6 hens. Clarksville is behind the times.

      All this talk about our environment and how we need to be more "green". Well chickens do that !

      Wake up America ! Time to get back to the basics of life !

    • Betty Kuerbitz CLARKSVILLE, TN
      • over 2 years ago

      We need more clean food in our communities without the dangerous things they feed commercial chickens and other livestock.


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