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Help Legalize Backyard Chickens in Cambridge--Come to the Cambridge Zoning Meeting TONIGHT

From: Lisa G.
Sent on: Thursday, February 11, 2010 8:23 AM
Hi everyone. I just wanted to encourage everyone who lives in Cambridge and everyone who supports backyard chickens to come to tonight's zoning meeting. What Cambridge decides will affect the whole Boston area.

If you're planning to come (or even if you're not), here's an amazing powerpoint presentation on why backyard chickens are great and don't pose a danger or create a health hazard:

http://jkheneghan.com/city/meetings/2010/Feb/02092010_Planning_Backyard%20Chicken%20Keeping%20-%20Myths%20and%20Facts.pdf

The info about tonight's meeting is below.

all the best,
Lisa


Cambridge Zoning Meeting to Determine the Legality of Backyard Chickens
Thursday, February 11th
7:30pm
Central Square Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Avenue,
http://www.meetup.com/Urban-Homesteaders-League/calendar/12563376/

There will be a hearing to determine the legality of having chickens and ducks in Cambridge. Up to this point there has been a "thin gray line" and the animals have been allowed because no one complained. Late last year a group of neighbors complained about chickens and ducks at 220 Putnam and so the legality of issue is being raised with the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Here's a link to a website about the 220 Putnam animals (www.savetheducks.org) and a petition to change/modify the zoning to allow chickens and ducks in the city. If you care about people responsibly raising chickens in an urban environment, please consider signing the petition or attending the BZA meeting on Thursday evening.

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