Saturday, September 20, 2008
Ann Arbor, MI - Ann Arbor resident Robert Paretti, who is excited about owning a chicken, points out several bizarre issues he had to confront in the process. For instance, why does a chicken owner need permission from its neighbors to house such a mild-mannered animal? One of the man's neighbor's owns several "man-eating" pit bulls. The ownership of these dogs required no "permission" from Parette nor any administrative hoops to jump through.
Why Don't Pit Bulls Require Neighbors' OK?DogsBite.org hopes that Paretti's fence is at least 8 feet high.Robert Paretti M.D., MLive.com"I am excited by the Ann Arbor News articles about backyard chickens. I am thinking of becoming the fourth permit holder for chickens. I have already picked out Easter egg chicks. Imagine, fresh eggs in shades of blue, green, and pink! I've just printed out the permit application, however, and I am perplexed by the complexity of the requirements! Why should I need permission from each and every one of my neighbors for such a mild-mannered animal as a chicken?
September 18, 2008
One of my neighbors has several man-eating, pit-bull type dogs, yet no permission was ever requested from me for her to acquire these vicious creatures. I am concerned that these dogs will someday hop the fence and maul my 8-year-old daughter. No sane community should allow attack dogs. I am not sure the threat posed by chickens or the need for so many permit requirements (along with threat of "prosecution for a civil infraction violation" if I don't strictly comply). It seems that Ann Arbor City Council has once again made a simple matter inanely challenging."
09/04/08: Seattle Times Editorial: When Pit Bulls Attack...
07/18/08: Editorial: Restricting Some Breeds Makes Sense
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| 9/21/2008 3:01 AM |
Yes but chickens can be very dangerous especially if they are male and not neutered. I've been attacked three times in my live by chickens but never by a pitbull. So clearly chickens are a much higher risk to public safety.
| 9/21/2008 9:56 AM |
Good for the doctor pointing out the obvious. Somebody tell him about dogsbite.org so he can provide the proof of this dogs attack record. The cities in the last few months that have acquired some form of ban or restriction against the pit bull are Little Rock, Sioux City, soon Omaha. Councilman Brian Powers of Lakewood, Ohio can inform your city county council about the hysterical pit bull lobby. Dood for you Doc.
| 9/21/2008 11:08 AM |
Oh, I have been saying this for years! Many of us live in suburbs with numrous regulations regarding "livestock", no matter how small, harmless, or clean the animals are. You can be denied the right to have three laying hens in your yard, even though the hens clucking is not loud enough to be a nuisance, you keep the coop clean, and, if they get loose, they present no danger whatsoever to the general public. However, you neighbor can go out and buy three pit bulls, whose barking is a public disturbance; whose feces, ten times what a small bird produces, can be smelled from the neighbors property, and who pose a life-threatening danger to everyone in the neighborhood. Yet dog owners go unregulated, while owners of harmless pets deemed "livestock" are crucified.