Which came first, the chicken or the pet?

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Eldorado is a small community about 7 miles outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico.  It is a covenant based residential area and for the last two years the question of whether chickens are pets (not designated in the covenants) has caused feathers to fly.  Yesterday, a judge ruled that in Eldorado, at least, chickens do not qualify as pets.  The community has spent over $55,000 on the lawsuit (brought on by pro-chicken advocates) and now may face an appeal.  The chicken owners have spent $22,000 on their case.  It’s sad really that it couldn’t have been mediated more sensibly.   If we can’t resolve neighborly issues like these, how do we hope to truly attain world peace?  DSCN6543

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