• Petitioned George E. Wallace

This petition was delivered to:

Vice Mayor of Hampton
George E. Wallace
Council Member
W. H. “Billy” Hobbs, Jr.
Council Member
Will J. Moffett
Council Member
Chris Osby Snead
Council Member
Christopher G. Stuart
Council Member
Donnie R. Tuck
Mayor of Hampton
Molly Joseph Ward

City of Hampton, Virginia: Allow Chickens without "distance from dwelling restrictions"

    1. Benjamin Buzard
    2. Petition by

      Benjamin Buzard

      Hampton, VA

Allow Residents to raise up to 5 Hens at a time without the current "distance from dwelling restrictions" These are my reasons why: Fresh, healthy, delicious eggs, free of pesticides and antibiotics. Cruelty free raised food. Chickens eat table scraps, reducing municipal solid waste. Chickens produce a rich fertilizer by-product, high in nitrogen, eliminating the need for petrochemical fertilizers. Chickens eat bugs, reducing our backyard pest population. Keeping heritage chickens increases numbers of endangered breeds that have been replaced by industrial breeds; we need to preserve our genetic diversification especially in food production livestock. Backyard chickens contribute to a zero mile diet as they are as local as your backyard. Keeping chickens is an efficient food source as eggs are rated by the UN Food and Agriculture as a more efficient source of protein than the other four top sources, higher in value than cow’s milk, fish, beef, or soybeans. A chicken coop can be as small as 1 square meter (10 square feet) for a confined full grown large breed; eight chickens can fit in a coop that is only 10×6 feet. Keeping backyard chickens puts you in control of your own food source and we can access eggs year-round even when we cannot garden or in the event of disruptions in the commercial food delivery system. The UN FAO has stated that the right to food is a basic human right. Chickens make great pets as they are affectionate, intelligent, and entertaining. Children and adults receive a rich education about food sources and responsible animal keeping when they keep livestock and that teaches a positive relationship and respect for food. Knowledge and respect for food encourages healthy weight maintenance. Keeping backyard chickens is a historic tradition that has been recently phased out in favor of profit driven commercial food delivery. Keeping livestock is a traditional and basic survival skill. Common knowledge of basic survival skills increases the recovery of a population after a disaster.

George E. Wallace, Vice Mayor of Hampton
W. H. “Billy” Hobbs, Jr., Council Member
Will J. Moffett, Council Member
Chris Osby Snead, Council Member
Christopher G. Stuart, Council Member
Donnie R. Tuck, Council Member
Molly Joseph Ward, Mayor of Hampton
Allow Chickens without "distance from dwelling restrictions"


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    1. Reached 200 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Jennifer Price HAMPTON, VA
      • 6 months ago

      This is important to me because I also would love to have a couple of chickens in my backyard, for the fresh cruelty free eggs a well as the added benefit of insect reduction and oganic

    • Steven Durr HAMPTON, VA
      • 11 months ago

      Would like several hens as egg source and kids to play with.

    • Rita Sisk HAMPTON, VA
      • about 1 year ago

      My hen& rooster were house trained,accepted by the dog & loved by my children. My feathered pets helped incrediblly with my childrens' special needs & grades were raised twofold while they were here. Of course I was fined for being short on distance restrictions & was forced to get rid of them in 30 days. Very tramatic. It isnt always about the eggs.

      • about 1 year ago

      Chickens lay fresh eggs for families. They make poop for fertilizer. all of it is fresh, not like the garbage they sell at the stores. CHICKENS INCLUDING ROOSTERS MAKE WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY LESSSSSSSSSSSS NOISE THAN DOGS!!!!!!!!!!! why shouldn't a person be allowed to have them??? you let them have horrible barking dogs that bark all night and bark all day, but a chicken is bad because it clucks a couple times a day? or a roo roos when it's morning or bed time??? chickens don't hurt anyone, dogs bite people. (I have dogs and am a dog lover) but that's not the point. noisy animals that bite are allowed and quiet productive animals are not. what kind of sense that???

    • Carol-Lee Kim HAMPTON, VA
      • about 1 year ago

      It is better to let people grow their own food than to take tax money to feed people.


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