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Petition for Urban Hens in Columbia

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A growing number of Columbia, Missouri residents wish for an ordinance change to allow them and their fellow community members to keep hens within city limits. Our citizens have a long history of support for environmental sustainability and are increasingly concerned with the availability of affordable, healthy and environmentally responsible food systems. Removing hens from the list of forbidden livestock is a simple step that the City of Columbia can take toward increasing the accessibility of locally-controlled and sustainable food. Proposed ordinance change: * Chickens be removed from the definition of livestock in Chapter Five of the Columbia City Code of Ordinance. * Allow up to 15 hens per property [Kansas City (allows 15), Springfield (allows 25), and Independence, MO (allows 20)]. Sections 5-2, 5-4, 5-5, 5-6 and 5-16 cover all the necessary regulations for having urban chickens; sanitation, animals at large, redemption fees, animal abuse, penalties, safety, and maintenance. Dont forget, pass this along to your friends! Just send them the a link to the page you are on!


Mary Stilwell, Councilmember Paul Sturtz and others have put their efforts into making this ordinance change a reality. Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture (CCUA) got things going earlier on and they hope to teach workshops in raising hens once the ordinance is changed.


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