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Residents Fight Livestock Ordinance

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. — A 40-year oldĀ ordinance is at the center of controversy in Junction City.

It bans residents from owning animals like chickens and ducks and it has residents crying foul.

Now, they’re taking their fight to the web, by creating a campaign on Facebook.

They call themselves the Backyard Farming Coalition. On the website, residents voice their frustration on the ordinance that makes it illegal for residents to own livestock, poultry and bees within city limits. The ban was set in place 40 years ago. Residents say it’s time to change that.

“I think it makes a lot of sense for the city to allow us to raise chickens. It just basically makes me feel like a criminal. I don’t need to be listening for my neighbor on a bad day she might complain. It just makes no sense,” said Junction City resident Dianna Smith.

Dudley Clark was fined $500 for raising ducks in his backyard. His neighbors joined him to fight for changes to the ordinance, a process that took two years.

On Tuesday, the city council rejected their proposals. In a statement, the Interim City Administrator says the council members “… provided individual comments on the issue and no motion was approved.”

Residents feel the city council is disconnected with the lifestyles in their part of town.

“There were two council members who were completely against it and ironically they live 15 miles out of town,” said Junction City resident Charlie Thompson.

Even residents like Smith who don’t own animals support the changes.

“I personally appeared before the city council for it. I wrote a letter,” Smith said. “We put in a lot of work to appeal for us.”

Residents hope the city council will be more of a voice for the core area of Junction City.

“There’s too many personal reasons. These people talk about their personal interests. And if you don’t like chickens, don’t have them,” Thompson said.

On top of the Facebook campaign, residents plan on starting a petition.

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  1. Glenda says:

    This should be overturned. In this economy people should be allowed to have chickens, ducks, geese, pigs, rabbits and their own garden if they so wish.

    1. jason marks says:

      CLUCK that.

      I do not like being disturbed by noisy inconsiderate neighbors.

      1. Diana Smith says:

        Oh, and you don’t have a pet- dog or cat, never listen to loud music and are never noisy and inconsiderate, right?

  2. Glenda says:

    oh and bees and livestock.

  3. Rob says:

    I can understand a duck or 2 or a chicken or 2 but goats pigs and anything else is jsut out of hand in close home density areas. I had neighbors that thought it would be great to have pigs goats and chickens. in the summer time the air was so putrid smelling I couldnt open my windows. I was so relieved when they moved away.

    I can understand the cities ban although its a bit extreme I do believe a rabbit or 2 a chicken or 2 and a duck or 2 would not be an issue though

  4. Wendy says:

    How do I find your group on Facebook? So far I cannot find it.

    1. KEZI Staff says:

      Here is the link to their Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/248108648597861/?fref=ts

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