As I’ve mentioned before, I have this really long post about raising livestock in urban areas but I just haven’t posted it. There is a TON of misinformation being spread out there by the animal rights activists about urban livestock. Every time I read another one of their articles or posts – rehashing the exact same misinformation again and again – I want to publish my post. But I don’t. I don’t because I don’t feel the need to defend what I’m doing. As long as my animals are happy and healthy and my neighbors don’t have any problems there’s really no need. I’m not doing anything illegal in my city so why get defensive?
But trouble is brewing in Oakland. The animal rights activists are out in force. Phase 2 of Oakland’s urban farming code updates are starting and this will involve the keeping of urban livestock. Currently the keeping of livestock in Oakland is perfectly legal. What Oakland is wanting to do is regulate it more than it currently is. This, in my opinion, is a good thing. Regulations should be created to help keep everyone healthy and happy. But the activists want to ban them altogether (yes, including your egg laying hens). They try to get people on their side by misrepresenting the facts and simply telling outright lies.
On July 21st there will be a community workshop to discuss urban livestock. I urge anyone in the Bay Area, even if you don’t live in Oakland or raise urban livestock yourself, to come support our urban livestock raising friends. The workship info is:
URBAN AGRICULTURE COMMUNITY WORKSHOP
*Thursday, July 21, 2011
North Oakland Senior Center
5714 Martin Luther King Jr Way*
If you can’t make it or live too far away please send an email with the subject line “I Support Urban Agriculture in Oakland” to the following contact:
Heather Klein, CGBP, LEED AP
City of Oakland
email: hklein@oaklandnet. com
I hope to see you at the workshop!