Animals

Chickens, ducks, geese, bees, goats, sheep, pigs? All reared organically and free range. The animals kept will depend on if there are enough residents willing to look after them on a daily basis and the other residents do not object on reasonable grounds. Intensively reared animals will not be permitted. Eggs, honey, chicken, etc. to be used for consumption within the community by residents, guests, family and friends.

3 Responses to Animals

  1. PhilF says:

    On an emotional level I share the idea of having animals around me. But equally I would like to think that we make a decision after much reflection on other levels. For instance, I understand that 5 times as many people could be fed if we were all vegetarians. It has now been shown that vegetable and cereal growing does not require animals to fertilise the process. (see Iain Tolhurst) Also, if energy is spent on maintaining animals, and they require large inputs of time and resources, this is valuable energy not directed at other activities. Perhaps we could agree to focus instead on encouraging wild life in all its diversity in our woodland and “wild” areas.
    Personally I would favour a compromise that would see us keeping chickens or ducks(primarily for eggs) but not meat-animals. Similarly, with pets I would be happy to see animals such as guinea pigs if kept in a semi-wild environment (they don’t appear to be predated by cats- but presumably would not escape the attention of foxes). My reasoning here is that pets such as guinea pigs provide children with positive experiences if they are seen in as natural a setting as possible- conversely, small animals couped up in cages send children all the wrong messages.
    Dogs I feel pose many problems as their waste products cannot be used and pose a risk of disease. They can be noisy and on balance could be a source of conflict in a small community. Remember, in many surveys, dog nuisance is no 1 concern expressed to local councillors.
    Cats, on the other hand, whilst also a potential source of disease can be vital in keeping pests such as mice down to manageable levels in a rural area. House cats might not be so beneficial.
    Another very fruitful area for discussion lies with the use of draught animals- I will leave this aspect to someone else…..

  2. PeterH says:

    Phil,

    What about a cow or two for milk/cheese/butter? I’d say “Yes”, but that does mean dealing with (=killing) any male offspring. The same would probably apply if you breed chickens or ducks,

    Peter.

  3. Nigel says:

    Some ramblings …

    I’m happy to be weaned off meat – I’m already trying to have meat free meals….

    On subject like this I will always try hard to adapt and fit in rather than loose this tremendous opportunity developing.

    I think it is good to reach a broad basic policy on this type of topic and then consider a suitable stage to plan for it and then a suitable stage to implement. You will hear me wittering on about planning etc. a lot.

    At some stage the work involved in all the various topics will probably need to be delegated down to a sub group / working party to handle initally.

    On the Dog subject this may (bizarrely?) be an absolute fundamental topic. As there will be extremes of views and it may be a show stopper either way for some people. I have not revisited the survey but think there was one vote very against dogs so if dogs are to be allowed then that person may decide to be out or vice versa.

    There is a world of difference between a well behaved dog and concentious owners and the other extreme. Perhpas this needs to be a separate thread?

    Nigel

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