French rooster can keep on crowing after winning court battle

(Photo: Getty Images)
(Photo: Getty Images)

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.

Sources: Fox News, The Guardian, ABC Net

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