I've seen some silly laws in my time, but this one is probably the strangest one yet, considering that it is a present day ordinance!
When is mankind going to get it into their head that they cannot legislate Mother Nature in order to make Her act the way they want? That very idea seems more than just a little arrogant to me!
This story just underlines the complete ignorance of some governing boards to me.
Town limits when roosters, hens can hook up
Apr. 27, 2011 10:06 AM
HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, N.J. - A New Jersey town has adopted an ordinance that regulates when chickens and roosters can hook up in backyard henhouses.
Roosters must show they're disease-free and they better not crow about their conquests.
Hopewell Township residents can have up to a half-dozen hens on half-acre lots. Roosters would be allowed only 10 days a year for fertilization purposes.
Mature roosters are not allowed because they're too noisy. Any roosters that crow too long can be banned from the property for two years.
Mayor Jim Burd told The Times of Trenton the ordinance is a compromise between today's lifestyle and the township's agricultural history.
I wonder if the roosters understand that they can't make any noise? I wonder if their instincts tell them that they face a two year ban if they get too rowdy? I wonder if Mother Nature is going to tell them they need to reset their biological clocks, so that all the natural urges to mate fall within the guidelines set by the township?
I wonder most of all if Mother Nature really gives a damn what the township says? My guess is "not on your life"!
Enough of this silliness! Let's get some fresh coffee and sit outside.