Petition Closed
Petitioning Charter Township of Delta, Lansing, Michigan Township Board and 7 others
This petition will be delivered to:
Charter Township of Delta, Lansing, Michigan
Township Board
Township Supervisor
Kenneth R. Fletcher
Township Treasurer
Howard Pizzo
Township Trustee
Doug Kosinski
Township Trustee
Dennis R. Fedewa
Township Trustee
Jeffrey C. Hicks
Township Clerk
Mary Clark
Township Trustee
Karen Mojica

Delta Township Board: Rewrite Animal Zoning Ordinance to Allow Domestic Mini Pig Breeds

Pigs are highly intelligent, very clean, and are truly loving animals. They make amazing pets for dedicated and responsible owners, and mini pigs are an excellent alternative for people who have allergies to dogs and cats, as well as being excellent therapy, support, and service animals for special needs individuals.

Currently, Delta Township has two ordinances that appear to be in conflict: one which defines swine as livestock prohibited in residential areas and one which includes general language that could cover pot bellied pigs as household pets. Domestic mini pigs, including pot bellied pigs, do not fit the definition of livestock, and should not be removed from safe, loving homes, with responsible and caring owners.  Laws should be updated to reflect the difference between 'livestock' and 'domestic pets'.

Other jurisdictions have addressed this same issue and now allow domestic mini pigs as pets, requiring owners to neuter and license them and provide a health certificate from a veterinarian. Local ordinances can also set weight restrictions and require fencing or other humane methods that prevent running at large.


Letter to
Charter Township of Delta, Lansing, Michigan Township Board
Township Supervisor Kenneth R. Fletcher
Township Treasurer Howard Pizzo
and 5 others
Township Trustee Doug Kosinski
Township Trustee Dennis R. Fedewa
Township Trustee Jeffrey C. Hicks
Township Clerk Mary Clark
Township Trustee Karen Mojica
As an involved and concerned citizen, I have signed and forwarded to many like-minded people, the following petition, requesting that you reinterpret or change Delta Township's zoning ordinance regarding the keeping of animals, to allow domestic mini pig breeds.

Pigs are highly intelligent, very clean, and are truly loving animals. They make amazing pets for dedicated and responsible owners, and mini pigs are an excellent alternative for people who have allergies to dogs and cats, as well as being excellent therapy, support, and service animals for special needs individuals.

Currently, Delta Township has two ordinances that appear to be in conflict: one which defines swine as livestock prohibited in residential areas and one which includes general language that could cover pot bellied pigs as household pets. Domestic mini pigs, including pot bellied pigs, do not fit the definition of livestock, and should not be removed from safe, loving homes, with responsible and caring owners. Laws should be updated to reflect the difference between 'livestock' and 'domestic pets'.

Other jurisdictions have addressed this same issue and now allow domestic mini pigs as pets, requiring owners to neuter and license them and provide a health certificate from a veterinarian. Local ordinances can also set weight restrictions and require fencing or other humane methods that prevent running at large.

I respectfully request that Delta Township's Board reconsider their decision to abandon this issue without further consideration, in favor of placing themselves on the right side of our communities history.