The Urban Hen Coalition is so close to having their ordinance to allow very specific, limited ownership of hens within city limits passed. But it seems the road they've been traveling for more than a year now took yet another turn at Tuesday's City Council Meeting. It's almost taken on the tenor of the Arizona Immigration statutes with Nick Della Volpe's suggested addition to Ordinance 9b, Section 5-107 subsection (k) -Denial, suspension or revocation of permit:
"The Animal Control Board shall have the right to enter the permitted property during reasonable daylight hours to inspect the hen enclosure and condition of the animals in the enforcement of this law, and shall have the authority to enter the property at any time in case of emergency or health threat, and to remove chickens from the premises, if necessary."
Is it right for police to randomly search when homeowners are legally giving hens bed and board? On Wednesday, hre's how Tracie Hellwinckel summed up her thoughts on the matter in the Agrarian Urbanite. (That part at the end, about her leaving the Urban Hen Coalition, is interesting...)
Today, Chad Hellwinckel, a co-organizer of UHC, had this update on KnoxViews.com:
Dr. Chad Hellwinckel posted today at the KUHC:
I just talked to council members. I have assurance that there is no way that the last amendment will be in there. It will either be withdrawn or it will be voted down. They understand that the amendment would kill the intent of legalization. I still encourage you to contact your reps to let them know the amendment is not acceptable, but don't loose sleep over it!! Good news!!