San Antonio Backyard Chickens Under Attack!
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We support updating the City of San Antonio's domestic fowl ordinances to allow more families the ability to legally keep small urban flocks.
We feel arbitrary setbacks for small flocks are unnecessary (dogs don't have setbacks and cats wonder freely throughout neighborhoods). It is unfair that our current setbacks are making criminals out of people who raising chicken and fresh eggs in neighborhoods with smaller homes and yards.
Currently, San Antonio allows only three (3) chickens without purchasing an excessive animal permit requiring an arbitrary setback. We would like to see San Antonio families be able to have up to eight (8) domestic fowls on city lots up to 7500 square feet (average lots size) with one (1) additional fowl allowed for ever additional 1000 square feet. We would like to see excessive animal permits required ONLY for people wishing to exceed these fair and reasonable limits. By establishing enforceable and measurable guidelines but not requiring an excessive animal permit, Animal Care Services can to redirect the resources current used to micro-manage small backyard flocks, towards more pressing issues like stray dogs or spay and neuter programs..
We also understand that it is important to protect the rights of our neighbors. We support continuing to hold chicken owners that violate the city's existing ordinances accountable to the same degree that cat and dog owners are held accountable. The current animal ordinances already prohibits unreasonably loud pets, loose pets (no “roaming-at-large”) and unsanitary conditions. There are state laws against cock fighting and a local ordinance, as proven in other cities, is not going to stop the criminals who engage in cock fighting. An ordinance that puts additional restrictions on backyard chickens, including roosters, is unfair and unnecessary and punishes families who are responsible chicken owners who keep a natural flock.
Any ordinance that puts additional punitive restrictions on Backyard Poultry affects thousands of current chicken owners in San Antonio who responsibly keep small flocks of chickens. We are encouraged by the vision of our new Mayor and City Council and believe that any ordinance that San Antonio adopts should move the city forward, should not discriminate, and should be applied fairly and equally to all pet owners.
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