A Rooster taken to court by neighbours in France over early morning crowing
A rooster named Maurice has been put on trial in western France after his early-morning crowing got under the skin of his neighbours.
The copper-feathered cockerel is the defendant in a court battle where he is accused of causing noise pollution by a retired couple who have a holiday home on the French island Oléron.
Oleron is located off the western coast of France, near the city of Bordeaux.
The plaintiffs, a retired couple who own a holiday home on the island, complained that his raucous calls woke them every morning.
Maurice and his accusers were not present as the case was discussed. Outside the court, a chicken called Pompadour and a giant Brahma rooster called Jean-Rene showed their support for him.
Maurice’s owner, Corinne Fesseau, told that she had locked him up at night and tried to block out the sun with egg boxes to stop his crows.
A verdict is due on September 5.
This is by no means the first time the sounds of the countryside have hit the headlines in France.
Last month, the mayor of Gajac in the Gironde, southwestern France, wanted such sounds to be declared “national heritage” and thus beyond reproach.