Allow chickens with in the Bessemer City, NC limits.

Allow chickens with in the Bessemer City, NC limits.

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Chickens have lived with humans for more than 9,000 years.  They have been a safe and productive part of American life since colonial days.  Chickens are amusing, docile, safe, easy to keep, and are interesting pets and companions. They produce fresh eggs.  Our children love them.

We want Bessemer to be one of the growing numbers of cities like New York, Seattle, Miami, Anchorage, Atlanta, Portland, Denver, and Cleveland that support chicken ownership as an eco-friendly, sustainable, and fun.  In fact, Austin, Texas actively supports chicken ownership with a stipend because chickens reduce landfill burdens by consuming and composting kitchen scraps.

There is no compelling reason to ban chickens in Bessemer City.  Chickens pose no health or safety risk.  Of the CDC-estimated 1 Million cases of salmonella in the US each year, fewer than 500 are generally attributable to handing chickens anywhere, and common sense conduct eliminates the risk (wash your hands, says the CDC).  

There is no legitimate noise concern; hens are about as noisy as cats.  There is no legitimate waste concern; chicken poop is a great component for compost.  Backyard chickens provide fresh, nutritional eggs and could be a game-changer in some neighborhoods.

We believe the current ordinance is not only wrong but a infringement on our rights.  

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