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Judge rules against Calgary backyard chicken coop


September 7, 2012
By The Canadian Press

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Sept. 7, 2012, Calgary, AB – A Calgary man has lost his fight to keep a chicken coop in his backyard.

Peter Hughes launched a charter challenge in 2009 after he was ticketed under the City of Calgary’s responsible pet ownership bylaw for keeping egg-laying hens on his property.

In a ruling released Wednesday, a provincial court judge upheld the law, saying it does not violate Hughes’ constitutional rights.

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Hughes, who is president of the Calgary Liberated Urban Chicken Klub, or CLUCK, says the ruling has left him disappointed and somewhat shocked.

He says his chickens are being cared for by someone else in the city, and he’s planning an appeal.

Hughes was sentenced to one day in jail, but will not be cooped up behind bars as the prosecution did not ask for a penalty in the case.