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Lake Arthur bans roosters; restricts horses, chicken

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Posted at 9:39 AM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 19:00:00-05

LAKE ARTHUR, La. - Complaints about noise and smell have prompted a Louisiana town to ban roosters and restrict animals such as chickens and horses.

The American Press reports the Lake Arthur Town Council voted 4-1 on Wednesday to ban roosters, pigs, hogs, goats, emus and sheep within town limits.

Chickens and hens are limited to six per resident and cannot run free. Horses and cows must be kept on a minimum of four acres of land.

The sole dissenting vote came from an alderman who says he doesn't approve of banning something that could be used for food, and several residents who spoke with KATC are on his same side of the arguement.

"In my opinion this is completely ridiculous," says Casey Trahan, who works in Lake Arthur.

"I can't say the animals ever bothered me in this town," says Giles Sonnier, who has lived in town for more than 20 years.

After hours of driving around Lake Arthur, KATC did not see one home within city limits where roosters were visible.

Violators of the ordinance could face a $500 fine and/or 60 days in jail.