The LA Times reports that a panel is recommending to the City Council that a ban on more than one rooster per household be put in place. An excerpt from the article:

The proposed law contains a rooster phase-out provision: Residents who own more than one rooster would have to get a permit, have the animals micro-chipped or fitted with a city-approved leg band, and probably would have to pay a one-time permit fee. These licensed roosters would be allowed to live out their natural, and noisy, lives in the city, but no “replacement roosters” would be allowed.

Violators would be slapped with a $50 fine for the first offense, $100 for the second and $250 for the third.

Roosters and backyard chicken coops have been a part of Los Angeles since the beginning, and this is not the first time the city has tried to regulate cocks. Back in January 1944, an article entitled “Rooster’s Crow Starts Los Angeles to Cackling” in the LA Times declared: Chicago burned down when a cow kicked over a lantern, and it looks now as if a rooster’s crow were going to wreck Los Angeles.

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