Yusuf Muhammed, one of the neighbors told court the constant crowing is an infringement of his right to restful sleep. The bird’s owner, Isyaku Shukaibu told court that he only purchased the rooster for Good Friday celebrations.
He, therefore, asked to be given until then before killing it for a family feast. The magistrate who presided over the case granted the wish but warned him against letting the bird roam freely.
Court also ordered him to ensure the bird is slaughtered by Friday as promised or face a penalty.
This is not the first time a bizarre case like this one has made news. Back in 2019, a pet rooster named Maurice got sued and instantly rose to fame. Maurice became a symbol of the clash between countryside dwellers and city folks in France.
Maurice lived in a chicken coop in Corinne Fesseau’s yard on the rural island of Oléron. Like any other rooster, he greeted with a loud crow every morning like an alarm clock.
For some time, life went on like that, until a pair of vacationing retirees arrived next door.
They complained about Maurice the rooster being a nuisance and turned to court to resolve this. The retirees launched a legal saga that lasted two whole years.
The rural dwellers saw the lawsuit as a threat to their lifestyle caused by two urbanites who failed to adapt to the countryside soundscape.
However though, tens of thousands of people took Maurice’s side online. Other roosters and their owners attended Maurice’s hearings to show solidarity. After some time, a court in Rochefort, France, ruled that Maurice did not need to be quiet.
“His cock-a-doodle-doo — or “cocorico,” as the French say — is not noise pollution under the law,” the judge found.
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