Group Tries To Legalize Backyard Chickens In Staunton

STAUNTON, Va. - Sarah Roberson is on a mission get the private ownership of live backyard chickens legalized in Staunton.

"If you're just in a regular neighborhood, in a regular town, it seems like it should be something that you would be able to do," says Roberson.

On Thursday, Allison Profeta spoke in front of the Staunton Food Policy Council on why people who live in Staunton should be allowed ownership of chickens.

This ordinance has been an ongoing issue for many people who live in the city and Profeta has even started an online petition that has gained several hundred signatures.

Part of the issue has to do with concerns of property values going down which is something that isn't stopping Sarah.

"if we trust chicken keepers to do it in a beautiful way, I think it would add value," says Roberson.

Jim Coate lives in Waynesboro and owns chicken in his backyard. He says he thinks people would be healthier if they raised there own chickens.

"I do think it is a basic right for everybody and it's not really any different from dogs or cats that people already have," says Coate, "people would be healthier if they could raise their own food and be more involved in the process, because a lot of the stuff these days are so processed, you don't even know what's in that."

They plan to forward their case to the City Manager, who could introduce it to the Staunton City Council.


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