They are noisy, they drag down property values and disrupt the peace in neighborhoods, and they can carry deadly illnesses. And they sometimes associate with criminals, through no choice of their own.
Not to mention the havoc they wreak on sweet early morning slumber.
Pity the poor rooster, in some regions decried as public enemy No. 1. In the latest step in a years-long effort to rein in pet roosters and their owners, the Los Angeles City Council's Public Safety Committee on Monday approved a draft ordinance to allow only one rooster per property citywide.
City officials said the cap is necessary because of nuisance complaints, the possibility of spreading avian flu and Newcastle disease, and the illegal "blood sport" of cockfighting. The ordinance must be approved by the full council before becoming law.
The proposed law contains a rooster phase-out provision: Residents who own more than one rooster would have to get a permit, have the animals micro-chipped or fitted with a city-approved leg band, and probably would have to pay a one-time permit fee. These licensed roosters would be allowed to live out their natural, and noisy, lives in the city, but no "replacement roosters" would be allowed.