Swaziland authorities fed up with restless roosters

26-05-2008 | |

Authorities in Mbabane, the capital of Swaziland, have launched a crackdown on cockerels following a surge in chicken-breeding, which is reportedly disturbing the city’s residents.

It is reported that authorities will begin to enforce a 40-year-old law that permits residents to raise up to 12 chickens, but no roosters.
“We know that our people have been hard hit by the sky-rocketing food prices but that does not allow people to raise chickens without the approval of the council,” said Bongani Dlamini, Mbabane Municipal spokesman.
“After many instances we have found cocks to be troublesome and they end up making lives miserable for residents,” he said.
It was further reported that artificial light confused them, leading to crowing in the middle of the night, disturbed the sleep of the neighbours and irritating the surrounding residents.