December 30, 2008

Man may face court action over roosters

A Stokesby, England, man said local officials have threatened him with legal action for allowing noisy roosters to live in a tree in his back garden.

Roger Popay, 65, said he received a letter from Yarmouth Borough Council informing him that he could be taken to court for violating the Environmental Protection Act of 1990 by letting the fowl roost in his tree, The Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday.

The letter said the council had received complaints about the early-morning noise from roaming chickens.

However, Popay said the young roosters are free-roaming birds that have taken up residence in his tree without his approval.

No one knows where they came from and who they belong to, Popay said. They are not my birds and they are part of village life. You cannot stop a cockerel from crowing. They are part of the countryside.

Yarmouth Borough Council staff were not available for comment as they are on vacation until Jan. 5, the newspaper said.