Urban Farm Opposes Tighter City Restrictions On Livestock

Jim Gudas
October 03, 2019 - 3:54 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A proposed ordinance to restrict ownership of farm animals in Chicago has urban farmers worried about their futures.

WBBM’s Jim Gudas reports from the West Side.

GlennArt Farm in Austin raises goats, chickens and bees and sells milk, eggs and honey. Owner Carolyn Ioder said Thursday a proposed ordinance at City Hall jeopardizes urban farms such as hers.

The proposed ordinance would limit property owners to two farm animals and six fowl, such as chickens. Roosters would be banned. The city would charge a licensing fee for each farm animal, and community residents would get to vote every four years on whether to ban farm animals from their neighborhoods.

Supporters say the new rules are needed because some city residents have dumped farm animals they bought after realizing how hard it is to care for them.

Others say farm animals in urban areas can be a nuisance and to be controlled.