The Mayor of D.C., Muriel Bowser, has proposed banning chickens as pets. Yes, you have read that correctly. As strange as it might seem to some, people do have chickens as pets. The Health Department had been going around giving notices to people that own chickens in the District that they must get rid of the chickens. After lawyers stepped in, the Health Department backed off, but Mayor Bowser is trying to push forward with plans to ban chickens as pets. City Administrator Rashad Young stated:
…Chickens are one of the number one causes of salmonella… uh, particularly when they are kept as pets in urban environments.
Chicken owners are planning to fight the ban, but it is unknown how long the battle will last.
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