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N.S. Woman Ordered to Remove Backyard Chickens


January 25, 2008
By The Canadian Press

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Nova Scotia's agriculture minister is weighing in on the great chicken debate. Brooke Taylor says he hopes Halifax won't be too hard on a city woman ordered to remove three chickens from her backyard because keeping them violates a municipal bylaw.

Taylor says the Halifax region has a lot of rural components to it and he hopes the ban won't extend to those areas.
 

The minister says it seems reasonable to him to allow someone to keep chickens considering some of the other exotic pets that people are allowed to keep.

He says he doesn't want to mess with municipal policies but believes there is room for reasonable discussion.

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Louise Hanavan has been ordered to get rid of the birds because a neighbour complained they were attracting rats.