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County finds too many roosters in Blackberry Township

BLACKBERRY TOWNSHIP – The owner of about 80 roosters and the landlord are considering their options as Kane County zoning officials notified them of ordinances regulating agricultural activities on properties under 5 acres.

The animal rights group SHARK – SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness – had sought assistance from county officials in reducing the number of roosters that could be kept on a property.

An earlier rooster issue involved a property in Blackberry Township that was over 9 acres, but this one, in the 1N300 block of Pouley Road, is on a parcel that is 4.86 acres.

SHARK is asking for a new state law restricting the number of roosters that may be kept on any size property to thwart those raising the birds for cockfighting.

While rooster owner Gerardo Perez said he knows nothing about cockfighting – he breeds roosters because he loves them – Steve Hindi of SHARK stated in an email that, “Anyone with many dozens of roosters is involved in fighting.”

Mark VanKerkhoff, director of the Kane County Development & Community Services Department, said his team has been in communication with Perez and property owner Ramiro Hernandez.

“We’ve talked to the owner and the tenant of the property, making sure they understand the county ordinance regarding roosters and lot sizes,” VanKerkhoff said. “They are weighing their options. That is the status.”

Janet Enoch, a humane investigator with SHARK and the Illinois Department of Agriculture, stated in an email, “Translated, this means they are giving him time to move the roosters.”

For SHARK, it’s not enough to move the roosters – because the birds would just go to another area where they would be kept for fighting.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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