Tuesday, June 03, 2003

Kingfishery and Kingcakery - Free range chicken! Update in the Times Picayune.

Chickens will be able to continue roaming free in Louisiana after legislation to prohibit fowl or poultry from running into a neighbor's yard was defeated Monday in the House. HB 1930 by Rep. Gregory Fruge, R-Eunice, said that anyone who "knowingly, willfully, or negligently" allowed poultry to run at large on public or private property could be fined between $25 and $100, as well as being held liable for any damage the bird caused. Despite the chorus of chicken imitations when he came up to the podium, Fruge tried valiantly to persuade his citified colleagues that chickens running amok without proper senses of boundaries pose a serious problem. "They scratch in your flower bed, they eat vegetables in your garden, they eat your dog or cat food," he said. "If you have them, you should keep them on your property." The debate raised questions both practical and philosophical. Rep. Edwin Murray, D-New Orleans, wondered if chickens were branded, so the owner of the invading bird could be identified easily. Rep. Dan "Blade" Morrish, D-Jennings, asked, "If a chicken crossed the road, would he be in violation?" In the end, the bill failed, 38-56, prompting DeWitt to declare: "The chickens won."
Wrong! The Chick-fil-A cows win!!

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