Friday, August 5, 2011

The Basic Info

San Diego County Department of Animal Services is attempting to push a new county wide ordinance through the San Diego County Board of Supervisors that would restrict the number of roosters a resident are allowed to keep. This new ordinance is their attempt at eliminating cockfighting from San Diego but what the San Diego County Department of Animal Services doesn’t realize is that this new ordinance will not just eliminate cockfighting; it will eliminate chicken breeders and hobbyists as well. Every breeder of Silkies, Seramas, Old English Bantams, Polish and Jungle Fowl may be subject to the seizure and subsequent euthanasia of their birds. This new ordinance will also make it easier for the Department of Animal Services to obtain a search warrant to inspect your property whether your birds are used for cock fighting purposes or not. So, if you’re a breeder of fancy Serama Chickens, an animal control officer has the right to seize your birds if you’re over your limit and then search your house and property for anything else “suspicious or related to cockfighting”, which includes syringes, antibiotics and latex or nytrile gloves. This means if you also have diabetes you may be charged with cockfighting Searamas.

The ordinance doesn’t define whether possession of more than the allotted number of birds per acre is a misdemeanor or a felony. It also doesn’t define what will happen to the birds or what type of fines are associated. Are birds seized and subsequently euthanized? Will they allow the owner time to find homes for the birds?

Also, who’s going to enforce this new ordinance? Are we going to have to employ more animal control officers to “patrol” and alert to the presence of someone who might or might not have more roosters than they are allowed to have or are we going to have to rely on tips from annoyed neighbors and the general public? Will people who currently have over the limit, according to the new ordinance, have to surrender their birds or will they be grandfathered in and allowed to stay? Is the county going to reimburse the breeders and hobbyists who are loosing out on $1000s of dollars worth of birds under the new ordinance? Will they allow people to purchase Breeder’s License to bird owners in order to keep breeding rare and endangered fowl such as the Cylon Junglefowl? And, if these birds are going to be seized and euthanized in the same manner that the Department of Animal Services usually deals with cock fighting roosters, who’s going to pay for the increase of pentobarbital needed to euthanize the roosters?

These are pretty big questions that have yet to be answered by the San Diego County Department of Animal Services. I’m also worried as to why they weren’t asked by the other Board Supervisors?

Yes, cockfighting is a problem in San Diego County, yes it’s an expensive illegal hobby to keep tabs on but outlawing roosters is not the answer. Keep the humane conditions and anti-tethering sections in the new ordinance but take out the limit on the number of roosters per area of land, it’s infringes on our rights as respectable and responsible chicken pet owners.

To read the article written by the San Diego Union Tribune on this topic visit:

To read the actual proposed county ordinance visit:





SO WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?
-  Contact the individual Board of Supervisors at the following phone number’s, emails and address and let them know you’re against the ordinance and why.

Supervisor Greg Cox
County Administration Office
1600 Pacific Hwy
Room 335
San Diego, CA 92101
(619)531-5511

Supervisor Dianne Jacob
County Administration Office
1600 Pacific Hwy
Room 335
San Diego, CA 92101
(619)531-5522

Supervisor Pam Slater-Price
County Administration Office
1600 Pacific Hwy
Room 335
San Diego, CA 92101
(619)531-5533

Supervisor Ron Roberts
County Administration Office
1600 Pacific Hwy
Room 335
San Diego, CA 92101
(619)531-5544

- Show your support IN PERSON! The next meeting is Sept 13th at 9am at the San Diego County Administration Center located at:
1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101 in Room 310

IF YOU ARE OPPOSED TO THE ORDINANCE WE ASK THAT YOU WEAR A RED T-SHIRT TO SHOW YOUR OPPOSITION!

- Contact the person who drafted the ordinance and tell him why you oppose it:

John Carlson
Regional Director of the San Diego Department of Animal Services
(619)498-2308


Thank you for your time and support,

Rachel Bowman, CPDT-KA
CEO and Head Trainer
Bowman’s Canine Rescue and Training

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