Miami Beach Chicken Lovers, Unite!
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Why? Well, in the past five years, more chickens have been evicted from the Beach under the livestock ordinance than any other creature considered a "farm animal." Seven out of eight citations were for either chickens or roosters. (The other was, curiously, for a camel.)
So we reckon them chicks are startin' to feel a tad persecuted. Last week, an amiable white rooster named Mr. Clucky┬ácaused quite the national media frenzy after city officials pointed to the ordinance and gave his owner, Mark Buckley, seven days to ditch his pet. (Buckley is fighting┬áthem.)
For kicks, we called a few of the other livestock rebels who were handed tickets in the past few years. Here they are:
Ruth Braverman, Sheridan Avenue:
Citation says: "Keeping poultry in a single-family district."
She says: "That was a big mistake; it was our neighbors' chicken. They're kinda seedy over there; they run a halfway house for animals."
Ciro Tatta, 85th Street:
Citation says: "Keeping baby chickens."
He says: "Chickens? I have no idea what you're talking about."
Thomas Weiss, Pine Tree Drive:
Citation says: "Horses and camel on the property."
He says: "That was probably my renter. He's a pretty well-known guy in South Beach. He must have had a party."
Looks like no outraged owners. Too bad we can't interview the chickens.