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Monday, January 23, 2006 

Goals and Dreams

Everyone has a dream. We all have goals that we strive to achieve. Sometimes they are lofty and bold. Sometimes they are small but special to us. Whatever they are, they matter. I have a dream. That dream is to have a pet duck. Okay, I'm not aiming very high here, but I'd like a duck. I think they have great personalities and always look happy. I would love to have a duck running around the house. I would feed him bread and christen him with a name, possibly Rupert.

Anyway, I've got a problem. I live in the city of Milwaukee. This is a major metropolitan area and as such does not look kindly on the possession of water fowl. Thanks to my fine Marquette legal training, I've learned to never say die when it comes to matters of the law. I knew that my first step was to examine the relevant city ordinances. I took a look at the Milwaukee Code of Ordinances. Chapter 78 governs animals, and I'm focusing on 78-5 Keeping of Animals Within City. Here's what it says...
a. Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, no person shall keep within the city, either temporarily or permanently, any live bees, fowl, cows, cattle, horses, sheep, swine, goats, chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese or any other domesticated livestock provided, however that such animals or fowl may be kept at places approved by the commissioner for slaughtering, educational purposes, research purposes and for circuses or similar recreational events.
Now the question becomes how do I turn my house into a research lab...

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