Cock-A-Doodle-Don’t

Fort Worth Council considers a ban on roosters

By Bruce Felps
|  Thursday, Sep 23, 2010  |  Updated 4:15 PM CDT
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They were expecting to find drugs, but deputies also found 800 birds in a home.

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Yeah, sorry about that rancid headline. In most cases, writers don’t come up with their own headlines. That typically falls to an editor. This is not one of those times. You're welcome, Frank.

Anyway, the city of Fort Worth conducts a public hearing tonight — 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the City Hall council chamber — to discuss a proposed ordinance to ban or restrict the ownership of roosters within city limits.

City officials pointed to a growing number of complaints about cockfighting and noise, long about sunup, and said, “Well, hey, Dallas, Arlington, and a bunch of other Texas cities do it,” and since when has Fort Worth ever cared or copied what Dallas did?

Besides, the Dallas ban on roosters came about primarily because of one complaint ... that from Laura Miller, who was mayor at the time. If memory serves, she lived in Oak Cliff back then and grew tired of sunrise serenades from roosters near her home. Back then, boy, what Laura wanted, Laura got, including a ban on smoking in restaurants.

So, it’s up to you, Fort Worthians. Are roosters OK inside city limits or do you want to go all Peter Griffin on their feathery butts?

Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He is not now, nor has he ever been, a rooster owner.
 

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