Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Feathers will fly...

The great chicken debate
Posted at: 11:35
A pivotal vote takes place in a California town today that will determine the future of the feral chicken population for which it is famed.
A controversial measure before city councillors in San Juan Bautista would make it illegal to feed the fowl that for generations have crossed its roads and strutted its pavements and parks.
Chickens have long had the run of the mission town 100 miles south of San Francisco with the first birds apparently arriving with the monks in 1797. Now a major symbol of the town, they are fed generously by locals, pose for the cameras of tourists and are showcased on the Chamber of Commerce's website.
But some residents have tired of the free-range poultry's prominence and are backing legislation to outlaw feeding them.
Daily Telegraph


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