In Oakland, mixed feelings about urban livestock
on December 1, 2011
As a growing number of Oakland residents embrace urban farming—including the raising of chickens, goats and pigs in their back yards—the city planning commission is investigating the trend’s potentially negative impacts on the surrounding community. While the Oakland Food Policy Council and urban farmers like Jeanie McKenzie and Esperanza Pallana push for more generous legislation on raising farm animals, wildlife advocates, including Wild Care Bay area, worry that the urban livestock trend is putting Oakland’s native creatures at risk.
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