A proposal for a pilot program which would allow chickens to be raised on residential property in Moose Jaw was shot down recently by an executive committee in that city.
Jordan Leduc is with the Backyard Chicken Association representing the South Central Food Security Network in Moose Jaw.
He says it was disappointing council would not pursue this issue further, adding if allowed, Moose Jaw would be the first Saskatchewan city to allow backyard chickens
“It wasn’t one of surprise,” Leduc said to 620 CKRM News. “We were certainly expecting the resistance to it. But it was one of disappointment. We do feel that we put together a rather compelling argument as to why they should be allowed in the city. And of course, it was disappointing to see it turned down.”
Leduc says he brought forward the concept in order to give Moose Jaw the distinction of being self-sustaining.
“We as a society have become very dependant on the production of food by other people for our consumption,” Leduc said. “And that’s always a concern when you turn over your agency, you turn over your power to corporations or other people to supply your basic needs — that runs a lot of risk.”
Leduc says he and his group are not done with this concept.
“I would like to present this to a next sitting council — during the next civic election,” Leduc said. “Have it brought up as a question to people’s presentations as to why they should sit on city council. Where do they sit on this particular issue? We’ll make it a voting issue.”
Concerns from council were centred on the backyard chickens leading to neighbourhood disputes, excessive noise and smell.