Prevent the Proliferation of Backyard Livestock and Animal Slaughter in Oakland
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City of Oakland

Prevent the Proliferation of Backyard Livestock and Animal Slaughter in Oakland

    1. Tim Anderson
    2. Petition by

      Tim Anderson

      Oakland, CA

The City of Oakland is currently considering changes to zoning codes intended to clarify the law related to urban agriculture. While the City should be applauded for its efforts to establish a sustainable and equitable food system in Oakland, any consideration to allow, without restriction, animals to be raised and slaughtered as backyard livestock should be strongly opposed.

For the following reasons, the City of Oakland should prevent maintaining and/or slaughtering backyard livestock within city limits:

Public health. Livestock animals attract other, often unwanted, animals such as rats and mites, which can quickly spread throughout entire neighborhoods.  While some excrement can be used in gardens, the droppings of most livestock animals must be carefully composted prior to use, or the possibility of spreading disease via produce is extremely high.  Basic veterinary care costs can far outweigh the worth of an animal as meat. Therefore, many animals will go untreated for parasites and other health issues. As seen in recent pandemics throughout the world, untreated animals living in a compressed urban space are very likely to spread disease amongst each other and to humans.  

Public nuisance. Proper enclosures are required to prevent animals from escaping their backyard confines and running through the streets of Oakland. Irresponsible, untrained, or lazy animal owners will allow animals to escape and, in some cases, develop into feral colonies. Complaints about stray animals and noise already overburden animal control. These complaints will increase if livestock animals are allowed to proliferate.  While some neighbors will find noise and odors from backyard livestock offensive, most will be horrified by the sounds of a fearful animal being killed just feet from their homes.

Impact on City services. Our animal control officers, shelter staff, and shelter volunteers are already overburdened dealing with existing cases of neglect, abandonment, and the abuse of animals.  An increase in neighbor complaints due to unwanted pests, noise, and smell associated with urban livestock have the potential to overwhelm Oakland Animal Services and the Oakland Police Department.  As a result of the urban livestock trend, animal rescue organizations across the country have seen an increase in the number of requests to rescue chickens. In some cases, the increase has been over 500%. Enforcing regulations governing an entirely new set of animals will result in an overall reduction in the ability of Oakland Animal Services to protect Oakland’s animals and its citizens.

Increased risk of animal cruelty. Allowing livestock in Oakland increases the risk that animals will be abused or neglected.  The lack of access, in Oakland, to trained veterinary care for backyard livestock means these animals will necessarily suffer, since all living beings at some time require medical care.  In addition, well-meaning but novice, untrained, and inexperienced hobbyists will inevitably cause tremendous suffering as they experiment with raising their backyard herds and flocks. The slaughter of backyard animals by untrained and inexperienced hands will most certainly result in untold numbers of painful and inhumane deaths. A common justification used by advocates of urban livestock is that, while they are alive, the animals are treated better than the animals at a factory farm.  A quick look at the lives of urban livestock reveals a different story though. Related services, like chicken hatcheries that send day-old chicks in the mail without food or water, are brutal and provide animals no relief from the horrors of the factory farm.

We have the ability to create a sustainable and equitable food system in Oakland but we simply cannot do it with urban livestock and backyard slaughter. Encourage the City of Oakland to prevent increased risks to public health, additional complaints related to offensive sounds and smells, increased numbers of stray animals and feral animals colonies. Tell the City that we can't afford to add additional burdens on our already depleted city services. Let the City of Oakland know that code changes that increase the potential for cruel and inhumane treatment of animals will not be tolerated.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. New Poll Finds Opposition to Backyard Breeding and Slaughter

      Tim Anderson
      Petition Organizer

      New poll finds majorities in Oakland districts most impacted by urban livestock are opposed to backyard breeding and animal slaughter .

      http://noslaughter.org/poll2012

    2. Reached 1,500 signatures
    3. Announcing Neighbors Opposed to Backyard Slaughter

      Tim Anderson
      Petition Organizer

      Please join our email list, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay current about how we are working to stop backyard slaughter.

    4. Urban Livestock

      Tim Anderson
      Petition Organizer

      KQED just ran an excellent perspective by Colleen Patrick-Godreau on why urban agriculture should be encouraged without livestock animals and slaughter.

    5. Oakland Urban Agriculture Community Meeting - July 21, 2011 6:30 PM

      Tim Anderson
      Petition Organizer

      The City of Oakland is having a community meeting to discuss urban agriculture. Please attend and make it known that you stand in opposition to the proliferation of livestock and backyard animal slaughter in Oakland. More info at the link...

    6. 21 malnourished rabbits confiscated in Oakland. CA

      Tim Anderson
      Petition Organizer

      This raid demonstrates exactly the problem we're trying to prevent. Knowing this kind of abuse is happening now in Oakland, why would we possibly want to expand this citywide? Thank you to those who have signed the petition! Your support is critical

    7. You Tell Us: An argument against urban animal agriculture

      Tim Anderson
      Petition Organizer

      Oakland North just published an excellent op-ed on the issue of raising and killing animals in Oakland.

    8. Tim Anderson
      Petition Organizer

      Little Falls, MN mayor rejects backyard chickens saying "we have too many issues in town that we don’t have under control and to add one more thing to the loop doesn’t help.”

    9. Reached 1 signatures
    10. Tim Anderson
      Petition Organizer

      The San Francisco Bay Guardian just published an excellent op-ed on the issue of raising animals for slaughter in Oakland:

    11. Reached 500 signatures
    12. Tim Anderson
      Petition Organizer

      A goat was found wandering the streets of Oakland yesterday. He's currently safe at the Oakland Animal Shelter. Let's hope this is an isolated incident. There are already too many stray dogs and cats. Do we really need to add escaped livestock to the mix? Many thanks to those who have signed. Please share this petition with others.

    13. Tim Anderson
      Petition Organizer

      "Casualties of Backyard Livestock Agriculture" -
      Through this petition we're trying to prevent suffering like this from happening here in Oakland. Thank you to everyone that is taking the time to show your support!

    14. Tim Anderson
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to everyone who has signed so far. Our collective voices will speak loudly to the City of Oakland. Allowing backyard livestock and animal slaughter is not appropriate and will be strongly opposed! Peace and love!

    15. Reached 250 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Sue Nightingale CAMBRIDGE, MA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Cruel and inhumane treatment of animals will not be tolerated.

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    • Maureen Edwards KANAB, UT
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because I cannot stand to see the brutality of humans against animals.

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    • Anil Chandolia ORYOL, RI
      • almost 2 years ago

      Please sIGN & sHARE !!

      Thank you!!!!

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    • Jeanette Szudy OAKLAND, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      I am opposed to animal slaughter in cities because neighbors should not be subjected to health hazards, noise, smells & suffering of defenseless animals killed for pleasure.

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    • Jessica Colorado LOS ANGELES, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      Animals have feelings and they dont have a voice to speak up... animal cruelty is not right!

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