Chickens Fight City Hall in Beloit and Win!
Chalk one up for the chickens!! Thanks to Backyard Chickens Beloit , on September 4th, the City Council voted in favor of chickens in Beloit.
The Council still has to formalize it with a final vote on September 17th and rumor has it, that groups that didn’t think the chicken proposal would pass, are trying to make a last minute attempt to stop it. However, it looks fairly certain that the vote is only a formality. It took 8 months of planning and organizing to get the backyard chicken proposal through.
If you are wondering why, backyard chickens? Here is one comment on their facebook page. “The city staff has shared the issue of “health” concerns as a major reason they oppose backyard chickens. The reality is the present industrial farm system is the real danger for a future epidemic and backyard chickens are the solution. Watch for yourselves.Wegmans industrialized farm and a University of Massachusettts video on chicken farming.
If you are curious as to what backyard chickens are all about, there is a documentary, “Mad City Chickens“. Mad City Chickens is a sometimes serious, sometimes whimsical look at the people who keep urban chickens in their backyards. From experts and authors to a rescued landfill chicken or an inexperienced family that takes the poultry plunge—it’s a humorous and heartfelt trip through the world of backyard chickendom.
Backyard Chickens Beloit are an example of what a local group can do to try to change the food system on a grass roots level. They were very organized utilizing social media to announce events like “Standup for Beloit Backyard Chickens“. They prepared a focused script for all their supporters to read at meetings and they persevered over 8 months. For anyone considering trying to change things on a grassroots level this group is a great example of what can be done. Local media in Beloit and the surrounding area picked up on the issue and covered it. To see what they did and how they did it, go to the facebook page of Backyard Chickens Beloit to find out.