Noisy roosters in for a grilling
Being a rooster in New Plymouth is nothing to crow about.
City councillors in Hamilton have backed banning the male birds from the city after council staff complained too much time and too many resources were taken up responding to complaints.
New Plymouth District Council enforcement manager Lloyd Crow said about 64 of the animal complaints received by the council in 2012 were related to noisy roosters, but a ban is not being considered.
He said the majority of complaints were about early morning noise and this was solved by requesting the owner take measures to put a stop to the racket.
One option was to remove the rooster from the property and relocate it to a friend's rural property, or roosters could be killed.
District licensing inspector Murray Clearwater said loud-mouthed urban roosters could expect prompt eviction.
"You don't want to be a cock in town."
Mr Crow said enforcement was difficult because officers had to prove a noise nuisance took place, and the offending usually took place in the wee hours.
Frankleigh Park resident Irene Quinn made a complaint to council after her neighbour's rooster took to crowing at 5am.
"I don't mind the chickens in the slightest, it was only when the rooster arrived on the scene and started cock-a-doodle-doo-ing at five in the morning."
She said she went directly to council with her complaint and the rooster was removed from the property the following day.
"It was very official; it pays to ring the council.
"I just hope they didn't kill it."
The animal bylaw was due for review in 2015, at which time the public could make submissions about noisy roosters, Mr Crow said.
"It is up to the community to make the decision about a ban."
Other places to have banned roosters include Auckland and Nelson, while Palmerston North enforces strict conditions such as making would-be owners ‘decroak' their birds.
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