The East Bay Express article that was pointed to by a commenter on yesterday’s post had a good overview of how backyard farm animals are regulated in other cities. Funny thing is the fact that Deputy City Manager Alex Nguyen’s name is misspelled half of the times it appears in the piece. It appears that most cities have allowed some form of farm animals in their cities, what I was really looking for was regulations regarding the backyard slaughter of these animals.
There is a lot of articles out there about discussions in Oakland about the issue centered mainly around Novella Carpenter who maintains a website about her urban homesteading efforts. It’s pretty fuzzy on regulations around it and the best that I can gather is that as long as there are no regulations in the city then it’s pretty much up to you and your backyard what you do there with your backyard animals. El Cerrito flirted with the idea of a ban on backyard slaughter when El Cerrito was updating their backyard animal laws. In the end the City Council opted for no ban which left El Cerrito where it started with, silent on the law.
What I do hope is included is maybe a notice to neighbors when someone opts to have multiple backyard animals. Because while the photo of the Alamedan with her goats and sheep is adorable. I’m not sure how I would feel about living next door to the goats and sheep.
And while I have no problem with responsible folks who know what they are doing responsibly and humanely slaughtering animals in their backyards, personally, I would want to be given a “heads up” so my kids aren’t wandering in the vicinity when it happens.
Given the fact that Williams Sonoma has its own line of chicken coops and beehives I think this whole urban farming thing is pretty much as mainstream as it can get so I’m glad that this whole issues is being addressed sooner rather than later.