Maurice the rooster can make as much noise as he wants, a court recently ruled.
The rooster’s owner, Corinne Fesseau, was taken to court by her neighbours in 2017 for allegedly causing noise pollution, Fox News reports.
But on Thursday 5 September, a court ruled that the four-year-old rooster can stay with his owner at her home on the small island of Oléron in France.
“I’m speechless. We certainly ruffled their feathers,” Corinne said.
“It’s a victory for all those who are in my situation. I hope this will be a precedent for the others.
“Everyone will now be protected: the church bells, the frogs … why not get a Maurice law to protect all rural noises?”
The court also ordered the neighbours to cough up €1000 (R16 500) to Corinne for reputational harm, The Guardian reports.
When she heard the ruling, Corrine shouted out “Cocorico”, which means Cock-a-Doodle-Doo.
Since Maurice’s high profiled case, French MP’s have advocated for protecting the smells and noise of the rural areas in France, Abc Net reports.