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Los Angeles allows 1 rooster per household

The Los Angeles City Council has unanimously voted to limit the number of roosters that can be owned by a single household to one.

According to LA Councilwoman Janice Hahn, who crafted the measure, this would provide peace and quiet to her constituents while helping animal control officers crack down on cockfighting. This measure will also help combat concerns regarding noise pollution and unsanitary conditions.

"Roosters have their place in this city, but we think having more than one per property causes problems," said Hahn.

The language of the legislation makes exceptions for roosters that are part of a "permitted and licensed commercial, agricultural or industrial business" with the proper zoning to allow for multiple roosters (e.g. petting zoos, and companies that provide animals for film and television).

Residents who already own more than one rooster will be able to apply for a permit, costing $50, to keep an additional 2 beyond the new limit, for a total of 3. In such cases, the extra 2 roosters can be kept within city limits for the remainder of their lives - provided they are properly identified with either a microchip or a leg band - but cannot be replaced after their deaths.

Source: Los Angeles Times

Natalie Berkhout

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