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Re: “Richmond Lawmakers Brace for Chicken Fight

Instead of getting into a brouhaha over this, lawmakers should review the existing statutes.

The statutes for livestock and for pets should be the same, and they pretty much are, already, although the livestock statute allows shooting. Clearly people are not going to shoot a dog killing their pet in a high density area, it is illegal.

Livestock: http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.ex…
"... dog in the act of killing or injuring livestock or poultry to kill such dog forthwith whether such dog bears a tag or not. "

For pets, there must be a First Offense. Then the dog starts racking up misdemeanors, and:
Pets: http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.ex…

"1. Class 2 misdemeanor if the canine or canine crossbreed previously declared a dangerous dog pursuant to this section, when such declaration arose out of a separate and distinct incident, attacks and injures or kills a cat or dog that is a companion animal belonging to another person; "
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"Upon conviction, the court may (i) order the dangerous dog to be disposed of by a local governing body pursuant to § 3.2-6562 or (ii) grant the owner up to 45 days to comply with the requirements of this section, during which time the dangerous dog shall remain in the custody of the animal control officer until compliance has been verified. If the owner fails to achieve compliance within the time specified by the court, the court shall order the dangerous dog to be disposed of by a local governing body pursuant to § 3.2-6562. The court, in its discretion, may order the owner to pay all reasonable expenses incurred in caring and providing for such dangerous dog from the time the animal is taken into custody until such time that the animal is disposed of or returned to the owner. "

As a shelter volunteer and lifelong dog owner, my response is, "Well in urban areas there are leash laws and misdemeanors. On the farm, when your dog kills my chickens because you let it run onto my farm (on purpose, during deer season) and they kill 3/4 of my flock like they did last week, and to replace each pullet, not even laying eggs yet, is $28-40, and I know the offenders won't do that, then... from now on I kill your dog and put it out of its misery as a neglected starved hunting dog, when in the act of killing my chickens."
I don't think any farming lobby would let that law lapse... and rightfully so.

Now compare that to the urban statute for pets.

I read this as... Dog 1 kills a cat, the cat owner notifies animal control, Dog 1 is now declared dangerous. So the second time the infraction occurs... death to the dog, fees to the owner.

**Kind of the same result as the livestock law... you could argue...**

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Posted by ccasati on 01/08/2014 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Victory Spoiled

No video?

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Posted by ccasati on 01/22/2013 at 8:57 PM

Re: “Fowl Territory

Carol,
Do a little research and see how many cities, who have embraced hens for years, advocate for roosters...

We are not asking for roosters.
We're asking for what is basic in most other cities... we're not re-inventing the wheel, we're just catching up to contemporary zoning.

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Posted by ccasati on 07/22/2012 at 5:43 PM

Re: “Fowl Territory

Our local CHICKUNZ organization already offers re-homing, regular chicken care workshops, and a vibrant urban chicken community who are already addressing Brenda's issues (and, in the five years we have existed, we have only had about four re-homing requests and that only because they were cited, and those hens were re-homed all within 24 hours). And with no government / community tax dollars expended! : )

www.Facebook.com/CHICKUNZ

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Posted by ccasati on 07/19/2012 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Out of Cluck

Bubby,

We are not advocating for roosters. We are waiting for Richmond to legalize what is *perfectly legal* in Ashland, Charlottesville, Petersburg, what our Virginia extentiona agency has already written about, and pretty much most other cities in this nation already embrace - just google some of your favorite cities and then add "coop tour" to the results... you can see what bigger cities are already doing.

So yes, we are waiting for Richmond to catch up.

Richmond has a long history of legal hens in the city, and people now want to return to a more sustainable lifestyle, and we see it as a basic food right that is already allowed pretty much in every other place in the country.

As for a chicken getting out, no one wants that for reasons you mentioned- unleashed dogs.

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Posted by ccasati on 06/16/2011 at 5:29 PM

Re: “Out of Cluck

Bubby,

We are not advocating for roosters. We are waiting for Richmond to legalize what is *perfectly legal* in Ashland, Charlottesville, Petersburg, what our Virginia extentiona agency has already written about, and pretty much most other cities in this nation already embrace - just google some of your favorite cities and then add "coop tour" to the results... you can see what bigger cities are already doing.

So yes, we are waiting for Richmond to catch up.

Richmond has a long history of legal hens in the city, and people now want to return to a more sustainable lifestyle, and we see it as a basic food right that is already allowed pretty much in every other place in the country.

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Posted by ccasati on 06/16/2011 at 5:28 PM

Re: “Out of Cluck

You can learn more at the facebook page "Chickunz":
https://www.facebook.com/chickunz?sk=info

No roosters. : )
Google your favorite cities and then add "coop tour" and you just might be surprised how many bigger cities you admire not only embrace hens but have added Annual Coop Tours to their cultural agenda, most who even raise money for local community causes like their food bank.

In fact, Raleigh's Tour D'Coop just raised over $5,000 and 3,000 pounds of food for their local food bank last month!

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Posted by ccasati on 06/15/2011 at 10:19 AM

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