Score one for freedom and grassroots activismSubmitted by legalizeliberty on Thu, 04/12/2012 - 15:51
(NaturalNews) Score one for freedom and grassroots activism. Johnson City, Tennessee commissioners voted 3-2 to amend their current zoning ordinance and allow chickens to be kept as 'pets' in residential areas. This reversed a 2010 decision, when officials first considered allowing chickens but decided against it.
Emily Katt was so certain they would reverse the ordinance that she purchased a few chickens and started raising them in her backyard. Her husband even built her a chicken coop as a birthday present. After the decision and a complaint by a nosy neighbor, Emily was forced to sell the coop and her chickens to a co-worker living in a 'chicken-approved' zone.
Emily and another chicken-owner, Sam Jones, decided not to take this lying down. Instead, in a terrific display of grassroots activism, they started a group called COOP (Chickens On Our Property), rallied fellow freedom-loving citizens, collected several hundred signatures, stayed in front of officials, and after almost two years finally convinced the Johnson City Commission to reverse their decision.