Alex Massie

Urban Farmers to the Barricades!

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The most depressing thing I've read today (so far):

Many large US cities, including New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, and Seattle apparently never thought to ban the domesticated fowl within city limits.

That's from a Christian Science Monitor article on the increasing number of urban Americans keeping chickens. Why do depressing? Because the presumption is, quite clearly, that it's normal and appropriate for cities to make it illegal for you to keep a chook or two. Letting people lead their lives as they see fit is a Risk Too Far! As always it's If In Doubt Ban It. Actually, Just Ban It First And Don't Ask Any Questions.

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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