Oise: Justice asks him to silence Coco, his cock

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What if Maurice was stolen by Coco? The first was declared late June, the most famous rooster in France by the New York Times because the heart of a controversy on the island of Oleron, where neighbors complain of his morning songs. But now the notoriety of the second, involved in the same legal torments, begins to make him shade since Margny-lès-Compiegne.

"We must save Coco, the rooster Margnotin". The gallinace of rue Georges-Clemenceau has indeed its own Facebook page. Because its owner, Nicolas Boucher, was sentenced by the court of Compiegne to have to leave because of his repetitive cocorico, at the risk of incurring 50 € of fines per day. He also had to pay € 500 for damages and legal costs to his neighbor who had lodged a complaint.

43000 signatures in a few days

Except that Nicoas Boucher does not digest this decision. He has just appealed the judgment and launched a petition. In a few days, she has already collected more than 43,000 signatures.

It all begins in 2018, when this maintenance agent decides to buy the house of his grandmother, who died last year. "Her neighbor bored her for three years for her rooster while she was bedridden. Now she is attacking me, sadly Nicolas Boucher. My grandmother had lived here for over fifty years. On her bed, she was worried about her animals. I promised to take care of it. "

A conciliation was attempted at the town hall between the parties. In vain. "Every night, I returned coconut in a box to the garage, and came out in the morning at 7 am, explains Nicolas Boucher. It's a dwarf rooster, an anti-singing collar could kill him. "

But the complainant, stewardess, does not want to know anything. Stewardess, she sometimes needs to rest during the day to recover from her travels. And even with the windows closed and earplugs, the rooster's rooster prevents him from sleeping. Solicited, she did not respond to our requests.

23 songs in 26 minutes

In making its decision, the court relied on observations made over several days by the municipal police. Coco sang 23 times from 11:11 am to 11:37 am, then 31 times from 8:45 am to 9:25 am, or 7 times between 10:26 am and 10:30 am, the agents found out from inside the complainant's house. The judge also traveled to take a survey.

In the neighborhood, the case is scandalous. "The taxpayer's money is wasted," Valérie irritates, a neighbor. " It's a shame ! Everyone is annoyed by this decision, "adds Josiane. "We did not hear more than that," finished a third, whose house is located opposite the scene of the quarrel.

The Mayor supports the complainant

On the other hand, the mayor (SE), Bernard Hellal, who threatened the owner of the rooster with a fine, understands the complainant: "It's not easy with his schedules. It can be painful. "

While waiting for the appeal, "Coco is at a friend's house a few blocks from here. I will see it every day, "says Nicolas Boucher, who has already paid 2,000 € in court fees. He finally hopes to win the case so that his animal finds his henhouse, and so that he can keep the promise made to his grandmother.

What the law says

For this unusual case, magistrates had to delve into the law.

The Civil Code specifies the obligations of an animal owner: "He is responsible for the damage caused by the animal, whether the animal was in his care, lost or escaped".

Then, concerning the hen house and its distance from the houses, the law provides that it is built at least 25 m if there are more than 10 poultry.

As regards noise pollution, the Public Health Code stipulates that "no particular noise shall, by its duration, its repetition or its intensity, affect the tranquility of the neighborhood or the health of man in a place public or private, whether a person is himself at the origin or whether it is through a person, a thing of which it has custody or an animal under its responsibility.

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