NEW LAW LIMITING ROOSTERS CAUSES CHAOS IN LOS ANGELES
September 22 2009
Los Angeles, CA – When mankind and his earliest ancestors first began to develop complex societies the need for rules became readily apparent. Throughout the millennia since those early days of our species those rules have developed into our
modern structure of law and order which, despite some wrinkles, allows our society to function more efficiently than any other society in the past. Though issues such as gay marriage and abortion often dominate the debate over our system of jurisprudence, the essentials of the system have continued to remain strong.
Now though lawmakers in Los Angeles County have waded into another legal debate, one that causing controversy all over the city. The city recently announced the passing of new law limiting the number of roosters allowed in private residences to one, a serious blow to many across the city who have previously enjoyed unlimited access to poultry of all sorts. Though many residents are applauding the move and are looking forward to the peace and quiet of a rooster-less city those who have for years enjoyed the comfort and convenience of home-bred roosters are protesting the law.
“This is really unreasonable. I have been keeping roosters in my house for years. My parents kept roosters in their house, this is something I grew up with and now it’s going to be taken away because a few people have made these ridiculous complaints. We are going to fight this law with everything we have and we will make sure that the city of Los Angeles remains a free place,” said David Chambers of the Rooster Union of LA. “There are dozens of rooster owners across LA whose freedom has been trampled on by this new law and we will not stand for it. The biggest danger here is that other areas will follow suit and then pretty soon no one in America will be able to have multiple roosters in their homes. We must stamp this out here for the sake of all rooster owners across the country.”
Chambers noted that his roosters only crow early in the morning and late at night. He claims that many of the complaints are fraudulent and due to existing tensions between neighbours. The law carries with it fines of up to $250 for a first offence.
“The unfortunate reality of many of these laws is that they are quite often spawned less by a genuine need to protect the public and more out of a personal issue. I’m not familiar enough with the situation to know if the counsellor who authored to bill has a vested interest in limiting the number of roosters throughout the city but it would be worth looking into,” said Scrape TV Crime analyst Willard Weston. “The problem with these kinds of situations is that it’s very difficult to get a lot of momentum behind a real investigation and so the law will like be on the books for a long time. It doesn’t make them feel any better but the relatively small number of rooster owners across the city likely don’t have enough support to overturn this law.”
Exact data on the number of roosters around the city are not readily available but it’s believed that hundred may be facing the dinner table in the near future.
“The only way they will really be able to gain ground in the public is if this becomes a civil rights issue. By arguing that their rights as Americans have been trampled on they may gain some support from powerful people and that will go a long way to challenging this law or at the very least stop it from spreading,” continued Weston. “Simply making the argument based on their rights to own poultry will likely gain no traction amongst the public at large and the harsh reality is very few people have a vested interest in the rights of rooster owners, at least in big cities.”
Denver also recently passed a similar law though it has not yet gained acceptance in the surrounding area.