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Billings Backyard Hen Initiative

 We, the undersigned citizens of Billings, Montana, respectfully request our city leaders to act now to change city ordinances to allow responsible hen-keeping in the backyards of residential zoning districts under certain restrictions. Keeping hens would enable residents to provide nutritious, delicious, safe, and environmentally friendly eggs for their families, while at the same time teaching our children where food comes from, and what it is worth. 

 Dr. David Waltner-Toews, veterinarian, epidemiologist, and professor at the University of Guelph in Ontario, has written that he knows of “no evidence linking human illness with keeping small urban flocks.”  Further, he believes that “if we do not make room for these urban entrepreneurs, we risk losing a set of very important food-rearing skills that will enable us to better navigate the economic, climatic and environmental instability our society will face in the coming decades.

 Nine of the ten largest cities in Montana already allow or are currently working on allowing urban chicken-keeping (Billings makes ten), and at least 94 of the 100 largest American cities are pro-hen, as well as many, many Canadian and European cities. Please let us join them.

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