You can take the man out of the farm, but not the farm out of the man.
But be that as it may, one New Jersey city wants Eugenio Oramas to take his farm –which is smack in the middle of an industrial section– somewhere else.
Oramas, 56, describes himself as a farmer at heart, according to The Jersey Journal. He was a farmer in his native Cuba.
Five years ago, he decided to set up a farm on a lot he rents on Secaucus Road in Secaucus –a busy, congested city in northern New Jersey– and populated it with chickens, pheasants, turkeys and ducks.
But someone did not think the farm was as charming as Oramas thought it was, and complained to city officials about the “exotic animals” on the lot, according to the Journal. The officials decided to crack down, and gave Oramas until Saturday to get his farm animals out of the lot.
Oramas is bewildered, telling the Journal: "I raise the pheasants, that's my hobby. When I get too many, I put them in the Meadowlands. I bring kids from the daycare here. They love the animals."
He said the farm offers a little sense of his past in Cuba.
The city's zoning officer, Vincent Prieto, said the animals received good care and are healthy.
"They were in good condition," said Prieto, who is also a state assemblyman. "Animal control was there too."
But having certain animals violates a town ordinance, officials say, that bans breeding and raising poultry, goats, rabbits, pigs, pigeons, among others.
"I love my animals. I don't do this for business," Oramas said to The Journal. "I really don't know what to do right now. I feel so bad. This is part of my life."