Chicken Ban Smacks of Over-regulation

Chickens are PatrioticRecently, chickens were banned in Okaloosa County.

I’m pretty mad about the chicken ruling, not because I personally want to keep them, but because I object to being told I can’t without a good reason. 

In the past I had 30 hens in a backyard in Okaloosa County and my neighbor loved them. I supported the neighborhood with free food and they gave me their scraps for the birds, reducing the impact of waste in the landfill. The chickens kept the bug population down and there was no bad smells or noise problems (I got rid of the rooster).

I object because a house down the road from me has a crowd of dogs that bark like mad whenever I pass, upset my dog during our walks and the smell of dog feces wafting from their backyard is nauseating… but I can’t have chickens if I choose?

Chickens are simple, economical and ecologically friendly pets. I think the chicken ban should be over ruled and we should all be encouraged to keep a few, just like we were back in 1918.

Seems some of those that represent us are making decisions for us based on opinion. What happens when that opinion turns against something important to you?

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit SpaceandTimeMagazine.com or AngelaYSmith.com.
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