While this goes on, no more attempts at allowing hens authorized residence will be permitted even though city officials concede they’ve known for years that some residents keep hens but prefer not to enforce the current ban unless there is a complaint. That sure sounds like the decades-old federal policy regarding the better-known problem involving some human neighbors as well.
So now the city is putting up a border fence (moratorium) but otherwise going to avoid dealing with what some see as a problem, and others don’t, by sort of letting things slide until commissioners, like political parties, can find some agreement.
Apparently in Rome governmental life imitates Washington.
By the way, can one assume that if the hens somehow have eggs that hatch (difficult without roosters) that their offspring will at least be allowed to stay in Rome, having been born here?