WHEREAS urban farming and the food that it produces benefits the people, culture, and environment of HRM,
AND citizens are already responsibly keeping hens and facing unnecessary fines for doing so,
AND the responsible keeping of hens in urban settings has been successfully demonstrated in municipalities around the world,
WE THE UNDERSIGNED ask the council and mayor of HRM
TO COMMIT to ensuring citizens the right to keep hens in HRM.
We stand together in support of a
self-sufficient Halifax and Nova Scotia, and acknowledge that the
keeping of hens in urban areas is an important element of our shared
food security and good quality of life. We therefore support political
and community measures that further local food production and the
keeping of hens. We urge our neighbors, friends, leaders, and elected
representatives at all levels to join us
in working toward a future where individuals and communities are free
to produce their own food for the betterment of us all.
Did you know...
-That without a rooster, chickens are quiet, safe, and friendly pets?
-That hens can be kept with no "fowl" smell for neighbors?
-That local farming keeps our wealth in Nova Scotia and cuts our carbon footprint?
-That hens and gardening go hand-in-hand? That's right!
-Hens eat food scraps, what would otherwise be composted...
-Turning our waste into excellent fertilizer for gardening!
-They also "scratch" through soil, tilling and fertilizing it.
-That for all these reasons and more, we need your help in advocating for changes in municipal rules to allow for more urban agriculture? We do!
What can you do to help?