LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- A ban on keeping chickens in Lafayette will remain in place after a City Council committee turned down a request to lift the prohibition.

The committee meeting Monday night drew several urban chicken advocates, including one dressed in a feathered, canary yellow chicken suit.

Heather Letizia told the council members that including chickens in the city's livestock ban wasn't fair because residents were allowed to have dangerous pets such as tarantulas and poisonous snakes.

But the three committee members sided with those who argued that the animals smell bad, could hurt property values and cause health hazards.

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Information from: Journal and Courier, http://www.jconline.com

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