John T. Griffith 5:14 p.m., May 22
Here comes the rooster...ordinance
County Supervisors look to tighten rooster ordinance
San Diego County Supervisors are looking to tighten up on the rooster ordinance. The ordinance they passed in August of last year aimed at eradicating cockfighting just isn't cutting it.
The law currently allows residents to have one rooster for every half-acre of property and caps the total number of roosters at twenty. But according to a report from county staff, too many people are trying to skirt the law by applying for exemptions such as those offered to commercial poultry operations, youth development programs, and animal shelters.
"While this ordinance has generally been effective in limiting the number of roosters that may be kept on a premises to curb breeding of roosters for cockfighting enterprises, there continues to be a problem with individuals claiming the 4H or FFA exemption in order to keep or maintain a large number roosters that may not be for legitimate purposes," reads a county report.
At an upcoming meeting, scheduled for December 4, supervisors will ask staff to tighten the exemptions offered for the 4-H or FFA programs to further cut down on illegal cockfighting in San Diego County.