Minneapolis is tightening its regulations on the use of animals in urban farming, amending the city’s zoning codes in order to protect chickens from harm and abandonment. Under the new city ordinance, Minneapolis residents will be allowed to keep chickens after obtaining a special permit, but only as companion animals—not for commercial or agricultural use. Furthermore, animals, including chickens, will no longer be allowed in community gardens or on urban farms, and animal slaughter will be prohibited. The measure is an effort on behalf of the city to curb the widespread neglect, abandonment, and abuse of local chickens, instances of which have been on the rise since 2001.
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