Make it lawful for residents of Surprise to have backyard chickens.
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This petition is to address Surprise's chicken ordinance. First, our current chicken ordinance has a disparaging impact on families who do not live on ½ acre of land or more. Families who may make less money are unable to afford a half acre and should be able to have the same right to own chickens. Second, chickens are great for pest control. They eat all manner of insects, including ants, termites, and garden pests. Third, chickens are therapeutic. With depression on the rise in adults, and in children, our community would benefit from a change in our chicken ordinance.
I would like to see the city of Surprise adopt a code that is similar to the one that Peoria currently has in place. From what I understand, Peoria has had very few nuisance complaints due to backyard chickens. Please take the time to consider signing this petition.
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