Thursday, July 21, 2011

What is "Livestock"?

Since we're referring to a legal issue, we must go by the legal definition of "livestock". In Illinois, the legal definition of "livestock" does not include a small flock of backyard hens. I discovered this after phone calls with the attorneys from the Illinois Farm Bureau and the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

The blessing (and sometimes curse) of legal definitions is that they give us a definitive outline of what every word means and how it must be interpreted to avoid subjective applications.

Therefore, the definition of the term is not up for discussion. "It is what it is." Backyard hens are not "livestock".

Not living in the country should not preclude one from being engaged with nature, raising your own food, or trying to live a more sustainable life.

Power to the Poultry!

PS: Don't forget that the Village hearing on this subject is this coming Monday the 25th of July at 6:30pm. And if you haven't yet, please click this link to sign the online petition. Thank you!!

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