Friday, August 26, 2011
Chicken War Moves to Kingsville
The Windsor Star provocatively describes it as a chicken war. The resident who is asking Kingsville's council to look at the town's obscurely written bylaw will be making a very reasonable request on Monday night. He would prefer to avoid the intense media attention we saw in Windsor. Let's see how this pans out.
Windsor's Ward 3's Councillor Fulvio Valentinis, after all, rejected our request earlier this year to look at the pros and cons of backyard hens on the basis that Windsor doesn't want to be a leader for the region in this matter. Why, I have no idea. I always thought the point of leadership was to be prepared to take steps in the right direction, even when nobody else had the wherewithal to do so.
If Kingsville's councillors agree to allow backyard hens, or even if they agree to be open to the idea, this might help our own Councillor Valentinis see that listening to residents' reasons for allowing urban chickens is a really good thing for democracy. And he and the other councillors will learn that contrary to their expectations, the concerns and fears are mostly overblown myths. Instead, urban hens are good for for food security, for environmental stewardship, for animal welfare, for our children, and a whole host of other well-founded reasons.
The municipalities that recognize this understand a thing or two about good leadership and the way democracy is supposed to work. Let's hope Kingsville is one of them.