The second of a two-part feature on the City of Vancouver’s multi-year process to approve backyard chickens. Because of the many similar debates underway within city councils across the country, this focus on Vancouver’s efforts looks back over the past few years to track just how this process first began and how it evolved from there. Perhaps other hopeful or illegal backyard chickeners can glean some pointers from Vancouver’s efforts. Among the many voices heard on this part II of our coverage is some of the opposition to the proposed bylaw change voiced to the city from local animal welfare organizations.
Also on the show, two segments of the familiar Bucky Buckaw and his Backyard Chicken Broadcast. Bucky shares his thoughts on why he eats chicken and provides some useful suggestions for using eggshells at home.
Leanne McConnachie, director, farm animal programs Vancouver Humane Society (Vancouver, BC)
Shawn Eckles, chief animal protection officer British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)
Lily Ford, policy analyst City of Vancouver (Vancouver, BC)
Andrea Reimer, councillor City of Vancouver (Vancouver, BC)
Bucky Buckaw – host, Bucky Buckaw’s Backyard Chicken Broadcast (New York, NY) –
Bucky Buckaw gives advice on raising backyard chickens as just one example of how a locally based economy can work. Through this segment, he informs listeners about the downside of factory farming and what kinds of toxic chemicals you can expect to find in the resultant livestock. He promotes organic gardening and composting, and supporting local farmers.
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