Chicken, rabbit bylaw should remind us of past mistakes

As Sidney considers allowing chickens and rabbits, we should think back to our past struggles with rabbits

I am a firm believer in the concept of lessons learned, either through direct experience or by the experience of others. I am puzzled by the June 15 article about town hall’s drafting of bylaws to permit rabbits and chickens in Sidney. Earlier this year one Sidney resident challenged the bylaw banning rabbits with a presentation to council.  Chickens are one thing, rabbits are quite another.

Not that long ago countless news stories described the impact of rabbits on University of Victoria grounds and Oak Bay residential property. Damage and costs incurred were staggering. There was much debate and hand wringing over solutions to address the rapidly growing population. After much debate and great cost, the rabbits were eventually captured, some were treated, others were euthanized. Survivors were shipped to other B.C. regions or to our neighbours in the south.

I am astounded that Sidney would consider permitting rabbits in light of Victoria’s recent experience. Could council be unaware of the potential impact? A crystal ball isn’t required to forecast the real potential for negative impact in Sidney, the ensuing debates and costs that will be incurred by taxpayers to address such a predictable problem.

Council has not completed due diligence or an impact analysis. If they had, I suspect they would not be considering a draft bylaw. It is incumbent on elected representatives to evaluate the potential outcome of decisions and address community concerns prior to implementation. To act on the request of one resident without gaining community support is not defensible.

We already have problems with overpopulation of Canada geese and deer on the Peninsula; do we really want to add rabbits? Once again it appears that our concerns have fallen on deaf ears at city hall. Sound familiar?

Helen Watt

Sidney

Just Posted

Beacon Avenue pot shop dispute heading to court

The two sides are scheduled to meet in early January 2020 in a Victoria courtroom

Judge’s decision set for January in dangerous driving trial for crash that left Saanich girl unresponsive

Tenessa Nikirk is charged with one count of dangerous driving after Leila Bui was struck in 2017

Donations down, Peninsula Santa’s Helpers worry heading into final week of toy drive

Coin, toy drive supports 250 children registered with the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank

Oak Bay Police melt dozens of guns into metal cube

Set of rare dueling muskets could go to museum

Victoria Police Department taking too long to respond to emergency calls

A new report says VicPD is not meeting its 911 response targets

VIDEO: Harbour Air makes history with first electric aircraft test flight

Successful flight marks first of its kind in the world

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of Dec. 10

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Do you have a real or artificial Christmas tree?

The lights are up, holiday shoppers are bustling through the streets and… Continue reading

Tavares scores twice as Maple Leafs earn 4-1 win over Canucks

Vancouver sees two-game win streak snapped

UPDATED: No survivors in Gabriola Island plane crash: RCMP

Coroner confirms multiple fatalities after small plane goes down Tuesday night near Nanaimo

The Grinch who Stole a Hedge: Security camera captures Chilliwack tree theft

RCMP arrives as person calmly walks away with tree in downtown area

The Russell Troupe finds a comfort zone in small Island community

Family gathering with two parents and five kids a common scene around Chemainus

Salmonella outbreak in Canada linked to rodents and snakes

92 cases of salmonella across six provinces, including B.C.

Meng Wanzhou wins right to more documents involving arrest at Vancouver airport

Defence lawyers allege the Huawei executive was unlawfully detained, searched and interrogated

Most Read