Ulster’s new chicken law undermines democracy
Dear Editor: On Nov. 3, the Ulster Town Board voted unanimously to pass a resolution that infringes on the rights and liberties of town residents.
This law was not passed because a majority of town residents wanted it. In fact, Town Board members could cite only two complaints to the them about chickens being a nuisance. Meanwhile, there have been opposers coming to meetings in droves to speak out against this type of fascist law which requires someone to grow food.
Simply put, the Town Board went against the wishes of the overwhelming majority of the residents of the town. In 2010, the town population was 12,327, so, basically, the vote would be 12,324-3 against this law, and they passed it anyway. I say 3 because one of the complaints was from a couple with a child who got a disease from a bird and blamed it on the chickens that their children used to play with. There is no way to verify the boy even contracted the disease from the chickens. Any bird and some mammals can carry this virus. While I feel bad for the boy and the hell he has been through, this still does not justify the town enacting an oldschool Russia-style law.
Lets look at some of the reasons for parts of this law.
Section 190-70 says that, in recent years, there has been an upsurge of interest in the keeping of chickens in the town of Ulster.
Actually, the upsurge has been in people who move into and complain about a neighborhood!
The law says the Town Board has received substantial public interest in requesting an evaluation of poultry in certain zoning districts.
Actually, the Town Board could only cite two households’ complaints about chickens.
The law claims it provides for “sustainable production of egg, and poultry.”
Actually, without roosters, there is no such thing as a sustainable flock.
The law, according to the town supervisor, provides for licensing “so we know who and where you are.”
Really? Are we in a Communist-bloc country now?
The passing of this law with disregard to overwhelming opposition from residents undermines democracy and takes away our rights and civil liberties. Frank Rittie Jr. East Kingston