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A Method for Guarding Animal Welfare and Public Health: Tracking the Rise of Backyard Poultry Ordinances

Authors
  • Brinkley, Catherine1
  • Kingsley, Jacqueline Scarlett1
  • Mench, Joy2
  • 1 University of California, Department of Human Ecology, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Davis, USA , Davis (United States)
  • 2 University of California, Department of Animal Sciences, Davis, USA , Davis (United States)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Community Health
Publisher
Springer US
Publication Date
Jan 25, 2018
Volume
43
Issue
4
Pages
639–646
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10900-017-0462-0
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

In response to a growing number of permissive urban animal agriculture ordinances across the nation, this research reviews the spatial and temporal attributes of urban poultry ordinances across 100 municipalities in Colorado. More poultry ordinances have been passed or modified in Colorado in the last 5 years than in the previous hundred. Comparing regulations to commercial operations and animal shelter surrenders, we find that permissive ordinances cluster near major urban areas even where they are in close proximity to large commercial operations. Most ordinances inadequately address both human and animal health and welfare concerns. Provisions governing animal slaughter and routine veterinary care are rare, presenting a concern for monitoring and intervening in public health crises. In addition, shelters anticipate higher poultry intakes, particularly as unwanted birds are turned loose to become strays.

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