Fort Worth is poking its beak in places it shouldn’t by considering a ban on roosters.
The city ought to appreciate residents that own hens and a rooster or two.
Chickens lay protein-rich eggs for families to eat and to become more green and self-sufficient. Roosters are gorgeous animals that protect those hens, fertilize eggs, and make cool crowing sounds.
Yet Fort Worth is considering banning roosters because a few people breed them for cockfighting.
Cockfighting is already illegal. An across-the-board ban on roosters is unnecessary.
People raise dogs for fighting but that doesn’t mean the city should ban all dogs.
If I had to choose, I’d ban dogs first. They’re much more dangerous and lethal in attacks, they’re noisier, more destructive to property, and cause accidents by running loose in the streets.
Roosters are cocksure and aggressive when their territory is invaded, but they’re not going to kill anybody in an attack.And I’d rather listen to a rooster crow than to hear a dog bark any day of the week. (I’ve lived next door to roosters and dogs and I know from what I speak).
A few cockfighters in town shouldn’t prompt the city to crack down on honest, hard working families who like to keep roosters and hens around for fresh eggs, aesthetic pleasures, rural sensibilities, and for teaching children to be responsible pet owners.