I’m never quite sure how to refer to Ron Kaye. Owner? Master? The old guy who feeds me?
Anyway, Ron posted one of those funny videos of the City Council debating taxes or something headlined “All They Want Is Your Money ….”
These “debates” are either sleep inducing or hilarious, depending on your point of view. Most of the time, they make you want to move out of LA. But get ready, I learned this afternoon on the Dog Trainer’s website they also want your roosters!
According to the trainer, roosters “are a serious menace, causing noise, foul odors and public sanitation issues. They drag down property values, disrupt the peace in neighborhoods and can harbor deadly illnesses. They even give rise to criminal and gang activities that residents are afraid to report for fear of retaliation.”
Good God! And the neighbors think I’m bad.
Turns out this is a long-running issue — cock fighting is frowned upon and the birds carry a lot of diseases — and the city’s Public Safety Committee approved an ordinance today to limit the number of roosters to one per property.
And set your DVRs and Tivos, it’s going to the City Council.
Given what happened during the debate over the fate of Billy the elephant, I can’t wait for this one. Who’ll be the first to refer to the birds as “cocks?” (Ha-ha, he said cock.”) Will Tony Cardenas suggest a rooster sanctuary in the San Fernando Valley, where I guess a lot of them crow now?
And will the mayor support the ordinance. After all, he might have seen an animal or two during his recent trip to Africa with girlfriend Lu Parker. Don’t laugh, it might have happened.
For those of with more than one rooster in your yard, probably sitting on the carcass of rusted out old car, there is hope.
If the ordinance prevails, anyone wishing to keep more than one of their current pet roosters will have to secure a permit from the Department of Animal Services by the end of the year. The additional animals will have to be micro-chipped or fitted with a city-approved leg band for permanent identification, and owners may be charged a one-time permit fee. The licensed roosters will be allowed to live out the remainder of their lives, but no “replacement roosters” will be approved.
Maybe in a cock sanctuary in the Valley. There, I said it!