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Letter: Chickens in a well-kept coop are no dirtier than a dog or cat

I am writing in response to the letter from Steve Strege published to Inforum April 20th. I would first like to state that there are some concerns brought forward that certainly are based in truth, but it seems they then extend to personal bias and assumption.

It is true that chickens can harbor salmonella, so can a pet turtle or even a parakeet. Proper handling should always be taken into account. As with any pets, we need to have concern for our own well-being as well as that of the animal(s).

This is no different than having dogs or cats. Chickens in a well-kept, correctly-sized coop are not any dirtier than a dog or cat. They do not stink any more or worse than a dog or cat. The key, as with keeping animals of any sort, is proper care.

I have read through the proposed ordinance and it addresses all of these concerns. There will always be those who do not correctly care for their animals and they should be held responsible and appropriate action taken. Strege has made generalizations in regard to the animals and the people who care for them without any evidence to back it up.

I would also expect that if a person were thinking of keeping chickens that it would be something they discuss with their neighbors. That is the case in my neighborhood. I talk to my neighbors. If they had any concerns, I would expect them to tell me.

We all live in a community of sorts but I see a personal bias evident here by taking statements out of context to match personal beliefs rather than the actual statistical facts. It is certainly within a person's rights to take their concerns to the city commission, but make sure you have the facts rather than someone's opinion.

Mikkelson lives in Moorhead.

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