Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Elderly couple face eviction over a couple of chickens

Heard about a couple in Gateshead who face being evicted because they keep two chickens (hens, not cockerels) in their garden. Very sad, the garden is plenty big enough for two chickens and they seem to be kept well. If they had a dozen birds I could understand the concern.

Here's the BBC news story (copy/paste it in your browser window)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/tyne/7926539.stm

There is a Facebook group to support the Lewises, started by Justine from the Omlet forum http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=55594908075

And there is a petition on the No10 website to reform the law so that allows pet chickens to be classed as livestock. Please read the petition (it's not aimed at allowing cockerels or anything), and sign it if you can possibly support it http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/GardenPoultry/



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