The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to limit the number of roosters allowed in "unincorporated areas". This new policy will aim to limit the number of birds a resident is allowed to have, depending on the size of their property.
The board of supervisors says this is all due to public complaints of noise, sanitation, and even cockfighting. Officials say that with only a few exceptions, properties will no longer be allowed to house more than 25 roosters.
Those who don't comply could face a fine of $100.
“There are other quality of life issues,” Marcia Mayeda, director of the county’s animal care and control efforts said. “We feel that this is a reasonable solution that balances the interests of rural and urban areas.”
If homeowners want more birds, they will have to pay a fee and register for an animal facility license, much like the licenses that pet groomers obtain in order to work.
The board hopes this new policy effort will help put an end to illegal cockfighting.
“It’s horrible and it’s cruel and it is illegal,” said Laura Bonilla, a founding organizer of the Los Angeles Urban Chicken Enthusiasts group.
Read the full story and new policy changes at Los Angeles Times.