Rooster taken to court by neighbours, judge rules in its favour
His lawyer said the bird could not be penalized for doing what roosters do.
A rooster and its owner from the French island, Ile d'Oleron, hit headlines when the bird was dragged to court by neighbours for crowing in the morning. Maurice the rooster and its owner, Corinne Fesseau, won 1,000 Euros (897 British pounds approx) in damages after a tribunal rejected a couple's complaint against the bird.
According to reports in The Guardian, Fesseau and her neighbours had been in a legal battle for two years when a complaint was filed that Maurice the rooster created nuisance with its early-morning crowing. They said that Fesseau was liable for the public disturbance caused by her rooster and demanded the court to order her to either relocate the bird or have him be "made to shut up".
The couple who had a second home on the island triggered controversy over whether urban citizens with vacation homes had cause to complain over the cacophony of the rural area. But on Thursday, a tribunal ruled the bird has every right to follow his natural instincts, and was situated in his natural surroundings - therefore it was not expected to conform to any sensibilities but his own.
Maurice the rooster's lawyer, Julian Papineau, said that the bird could not be penalized for doing what roosters do. "This rooster was not being unbearable. He was just being himself," Papineau said.