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Talkin' Pets News

April 13, 2024

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Dr. Suzanne Topor - Livingston Animal & Avian Hospital - Lutz, Florida

Producer - Lexi Adams

Network Producer - Alex

Special Guest - Jackson Madnick - owner of Pearls Premium Ultra-Low Maintenance Lawn Seed will visit Talkin' Pets at 5pm ET to discuss and give away his incredible lawn seed

 

They prowl through palace gardens stalking pigeons and make cameos on televised press briefings. Some greet tourists at the doors, while others take a sneaky lick of ice cream from staff. Nineteen feral cats have free rein of Mexico's National Palace, long roaming the lush gardens and historic colonial halls of the most iconic buildings in the country.

“They have access to every part of the palace, so they walk in on meetings, interviews and wander onto camera," said Jesús Arias, the palace veterinarian, as a handful of feline friends brush against his ankles.

Now, the palace cats have made hiss-tory after the government of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador declared them to be “living fixed assets,” the first animals in Mexico to receive the title.

The investment term “fixed assets” usually applies to buildings and furniture, but by applying it to cats, López Obrador's government has obligated the country’s Treasury to give them food and care for them for the rest of their lives, even after the leader leaves office in October.

“The cats are now a symbol of the National Palace. López Obrador is accompanied by Bowie, Bellof, Nube, Coco, Yema, Ollin, Balam and more, who seem to have found a purr-fect home in the building. López Obrador himself has said the cats “dominate” the palace and often walk in front of him during official ceremonies.

Some are named after artists, like an orange tabby “Bowie” named after the rockstar David Bowie, who visited the palace 1997 to see the famous mural by Mexican painter Diego Rivera. Others are named after native rocks or words in the region’s ancient Aztec language, like Ollin, which means “movement.”

But it’s unclear when they first appeared or how they even got into the building. While 19 live in the building full time, many more come and go, and staff suspect they slip under a small crack in the palace gate by night.

One cat named Zeus, who has since passed away, even became famous in July when he meandered into the president's morning press briefing. The gray cat stood in front of cameras and wandered among reporters until palace staff had to carry him off.

To avoid a cat-astrophe, Castillo said the government had to ask reporters to stop feeding Zeus because he would spend his days accepting treats from different people around the palace and was “getting really fat”.

Palace staff worked with vets from the National Autonomous University of Mexico to vaccinate, sterilize and chip the cats, and build them little cat homes and feeding stations around the garden. They also hired Arias to take care of them on a permanent basis and give them a good life. Neither Bowie, Coco or Ollin commented when asked how they feel about being "living fixed assets.” Coco swished his tail, while Ollin stretched out below a palace pillar and fell asleep. “Meow,” responded Nube, a gray cat named after the Spanish word for “cloud” who enjoys greeting visitors at the door of the palace. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++

 As Anaplasmosis continues to extend its infectious reach beyond the southeastern United States, University Products remains at the forefront of defense. Traditionally confined to certain regions, anaplasmosis now poses a major endemic threat to cattle across the nation due to constant seasonal tick and horsefly infestations, exacerbated by interstate cattle markets.

Anaplasmosis in cattle is primarily spread from the bites of infected ticks and horseflies. The process begins when the parasites feed on an infected animal and acquire the Anaplasma marginale bacteria. The organism then completes part of its life cycle in the tick's gut before moving to the salivary glands and being transmitted to other animals through repeated bites. Similarly, horseflies can spread the disease for up to two hours after feeding on an infected host.

The second way that the infection spreads is by blood contaminated equipment, improperly cleaned and used between animals. Reusing needles spreads Anaplasmosis and many other blood borne diseases Symptoms in infected animals appear 2-6 weeks post-infection, varying from mild anemia (marked by fever, depression, and isolation) to severe cases in adults, showing jaundice, abortions and other symptoms, with all potentially leading to death.

Early diagnosis is especially difficult in young animals who, when infected, may only show fever and increased breathing rates – due to their body's faster red blood cell regeneration. This situation creates chronic carriers that often do not show signs unless they are immune compromised, infecting many others along the way before those signs are ever apparent.

Traditional mitigation strategies for this disease are costly and far from perfect, or even particularly effective. Combating parasitic pests is a difficult and never-ending task, while long-acting antibiotic injectables like oxytetracyclines or antibiotic-dosed cattle feed both require prescriptions from veterinarians.

"And despite widespread industry use, antibiotics were never meant to be a routine preventative cure," said Gene Luther from University Products. "What you wind up getting is major antibiotic resistance. Or worse, the very real possibility of creating disease strains that are a far greater threat than the original."

Given the FDA's stricter guidance on antibiotic use in feed-producing animals, the industry faces increased pressure to find sustainable and compliant disease management strategies. And University Products' Anaplasmosis vaccine remains the optimal choice.
Key features include:

  • Twenty Five years of providing real protection for cattle producers.
  • Cost-Effective: Much more affordable than alternative treatments, reducing budget strain for small and mid-sized farmers who are the most financially vulnerable.
  • Ease of Use: Requires only two doses in the first year followed by an annual booster, with no restrictions based on the stage of bovine pregnancy.

"In the face of rampant anaplasmosis spread, our vaccine offers a cost-effective and labor-efficient solution compared to other options," said Gene Luther. "It allows producers to focus on other critical aspects of their operations, rather than constant, often futile pest control and symptom management." ++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Last week, Helen Woodward Animal Center kicked off a very special partnership – hosting members of the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office for a series of important pet encounter therapy sessions.  The visit was the first of several planned this year and signifies a new collaboration between the organizations.

Helen Woodward Animal Center is a valued partner at One Safe Place:  the North County Family Justice Center, a project led by the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office that supports anyone who has experienced family violence, elder abuse, child abuse, hate crimes, human trafficking, or other crimes. The District Attorney’s Office provides an intentional wellness plan for its employees who directly assist clients dealing with traumatic experiences and highly abusive situations. High-stress roles that involve high volume caseloads and sensitive subject matter can leave a lasting effect on even the toughest individuals. Helen Woodward Animal Center has previously created lasting benefits for members of law enforcement and the military who have experienced the some of the heaviest events that a human can endure.

“Our team works hard every day pursuing equal and fair justice for all, serving as a voice for the most vulnerable in our society. In doing so, we are often immersed in traumatic events which, over time, can have an impact on our team’s wellbeing. We appreciate this partnership with the Helen Woodward Animal Center and believe this program will help our team mitigate some of the work-related stressors that impact their health,” said San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan. “This partnership allows our team to interact with animals as well as with their fellow employees in a positive and tranquil environment, allowing us to best help those who come through the doors at One Safe Place.

Documented research has discovered quality time spent with animals can reduce post-traumatic stress, and create positive outcomes for victims of abuse. Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Pet Encounter Therapy program provides animal encounters with some of the Center’s ambassador animals, including multiple therapy dogs, cats, horses, bunnies and different birds and reptiles. Researchers have also found quality time spent with animals is actually good for the mind and body – lowering blood pressure, creating an inner peace and calm, and even helping refocus memory and concentration. The combination of animals and being outside in peaceful, nature settings creates a winning combination.

“We learned about heart coupling in horses,” said San Diego County District Attorney’s Office employee Robert Bird. “[Heart coupling] is when their heartbeats sync to ours, ours sync to them. It has a wonderful calming effect, a grounding, that you can feel immediately when you walk into their presence.”

Helen Woodward Animal Center partners with various organizations and companies for Pet Encounter Therapy visits, including elderly patients experiencing symptoms of Alzheimer’s. For more information on Helen Woodward Animal Center visit www.animalcenter.org or call (858) 756-4117.

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The cost of caring for a dog ranges from $1,000–$5,225 a year as of 2024, according to a new study from Rover.

That represents an increase of $100 from 2023. The growth was driven largely by rising pet food costs.

Dog owners report being most financially affected by increasing costs of essentials such as pet food, treats and toys, and veterinarian visits (47%).

First-year costs when bringing a new dog home tend to range from $870 to $4,565.

Rover’s survey of 1,000 pet parents was conducted in February via Pollfish.

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Flaco the owl captured the city’s imagination after he escaped from the Central Park Zoo, and his death in February after a year of freedom was met with an outpouring of grief.

He died after apparently striking an Upper West Side building, but a necropsy found that he had a life-threatening amount of rat poison and pigeon virus in his system.

“Honestly, it took the death of Flaco for people to really pay attention to this issue and the fact that his tragic death could have been avoided,” said Kathy Nizzari, the chair of the Lights Out Coalition, a group dedicated to protecting wildlife.

“Why is the government spending millions of dollars on poison when it doesn’t even work?”

Other tactics have been used against rats — traps, dry ice, ghoulish drownings, targeting so-called rat reservoirs and a rat academy to involve members of the public in eradication efforts — in what has felt at times like a Wile E. Coyote vs. the Road Runner caper. Somehow the rats always win.

While precise estimates are difficult, a pest control company said there were as many as three million rats in the city.

Some animal welfare groups support a bill, arguing that contraceptives are a more humane way of dealing with the abundance of rats in NYC and will help other animals higher in the food chain. Less poisons and more sterilization methods might be the next move!

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Renowned primatologist Jane Goodall turned 90 —and to mark the occasion, 90 female photographers have put their work up for sale for 90 days.

A young woman positioned as a blooming night flower, polar bears seemingly hugging but actually play-fighting, and snow geese blasting off from a pond are just some of the stunning images that feature in the fine-art photography sale inspired by Goodall’s legacy. The Jane Goodall Institute, which works to protect chimpanzees and their habitat, will receive 60% of the proceeds.

There are currently 31 images for sale, as part of “The Nature of Hope: 90 Years of Jane Goodall’s Impact” campaign that started on April 1, with the work of 10 more artists being released each week, according to the website of sale host Vital Impacts, a women-led, non-profit organization that uses art to support those protecting the planet.

“As we celebrate the extraordinary life and legacy of Jane Goodall, we not only honor her groundbreaking work in ethology but also recognize her pivotal role in inspiring women around the world,” National Geographic photographer Ami Vitale, the founder of Vital Impacts, said in a press release.

“Jane Goodall did more than just redefine our understanding of the relationship between humans and animals; she shattered barriers and opened doors for women everywhere,” she added.

Award-winning photographer Jody MacDonald, renowned wildlife photographer Tui De Roy and critically acclaimed photographic artist Tamara Dean are among those whose work is featured.

However, one of the most notable images is a self-portrait taken early in her career by Goodall herself, from a high peak in Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park when she was searching for chimpanzees below. She used a camera that she fastened to a tree.

The British animal behaviorist is known for her enduring and exceptionally detailed research on the chimpanzees of Gombe Stream National Park.

“I was really excited to see that that photo of me looking out at the valley at Gombe with my trusty lightweight telescope was chosen. It was taken in, I think, 1962. I was on my own, very high up in the hills, and I thought what a great photo this would make,” Goodall said in the release.

Signed copies of the image are on offer, along with signed photographs of her beloved “F” family of chimpanzees, according to the release.

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Dogs have been important airport employees for years, with TSA canines sniffing out explosives and other illicit items, but a new team of therapy dogs at Istanbul Airport is providing a different kind of security.

Therapy dogs at airports are nothing new — there are programs in place in dozens of airports worldwide. While many of these programs involve weekly visits rather than a constant team of therapy dogs, Istanbul Airport has recently hired five certified therapy dogs as official airport employees.

According to The Associated Press, the dogs work during the peak travel hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., although their veterinarian said their hours may vary depending on the dog’s temperament. Each dog is assigned a handler, who cares for the canines and facilitates interactions with airport guests.

Therapy dogs are dogs that have been trained to provide emotional or physical support. According to the AAHA, emotional support dogs can assist humans by offering companionship and can often help with “depression, anxiety and certain phobias,” but they aren’t trained to perform specific tasks.

Volkan Gul is the handler of one of Istanbul Airport’s dogs, a border collie named Alita. He told The Associated Press that Alita has been very popular at the airport, with people constantly petting her, and that she helps them relax while traveling.

According to San Jose Mineta International Airport, the first airport therapy dog program began in the wake of 9/11. The airport’s chaplain brought her own trained therapy dog, Orion, to help calm passengers and airport employees who were stressed by the event. Orion was a hit, and the airport’s program continues today with 42 dogs, one cat and one rabbit.

There were therapy dog programs in place at 72 U.S. airports as of 2020, according to Vane Research. Dogs aren’t the only kind of therapy animal: LiLou, the world’s first airport therapy pig, made her debut at San Francisco International Airport in 2017.

There are therapy dog programs in place at a number of U.S. airports, including the Welcome Waggin’ Program at Tulsa International Airport, the K9 Crew at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Pets Unstressing Passengers (PUP) at Los Angeles International Airport, the Canine Airport Therapy Squad (CATS) at Denver International Airport and the Wagging Tails Brigade at Philadelphia International Airport.

While the Istanbul crew is Turkey’s first airport therapy dog program, there are others in Europe, such as the Essex Therapy Dogs at London Southend Airport. Although Salt Lake City International Airport does not have a formal therapy dog program, animals from Intermountain Therapy Animals, or ITA, come to the airport once a week to provide comfort to anxious travelers. According to KSL, handlers bring them both by the gates and in the terminal. Everybody — employees, flight attendants, pilots — it doesn’t matter who, they just love to see the dogs and get a little relief.

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A Labrador retriever in Taiwan flunked out of police academy for being too playful. Now, he aids with search and rescue efforts — including those that followed the 7.4-magnitude earthquake that struck the country last week.

The 8-year-old pup named Roger was originally trained to be a drug-sniffing dog at the Customs Administration's Detector Dog Breeding & Training Center in the city of Taichung, according to Taiwan’s official Central News Agency (CNA).

But he flunked out for being “too friendly and boisterous,” his handler, Lee Hsin Hung, told the New York Times. So, the canine joined a search and rescue team at the Kaohsiung Fire Bureau. Today, he’s a ranking officer.

His first rescue mission came in 2018 after a magnitude-6 earthquake, search and rescue team leader Chen Chih-san told CNA. It soon became clear that Roger’s playful nature made him the perfect pup for the job.

Since then, Roger has helped out on seven missions. The most recent came after the earthquake struck the east coast of Taiwan on April 3.

Following the 7.4-magnitude tremor — the largest quake the country has experienced in 25 years — the pup helped locate the body of the earthquake’s 13th victim, a 21-year-old woman buried in rubble in Taroko National Park, the New York Times reported.

Following his gallant efforts at the park, the pup stole hearts with his behavior in recent news coverage, from trying to gnaw on a reporter’s microphone to tearing apart a stuffed toy while on camera, per the newspaper.

Along with fellow search and rescue pups, Roger’s hard work was rewarded with toys and snacks. The pup was “still full of energy” after the mission, Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chi-Mai said, per ABC Australia. At least, enough energy to enjoy his rewards.

"After receiving the ice cream toy, he didn't mind messing up his appearance while enthusiastically chewing on it,” the mayor said, adding that the canine bright “smiles to everyone despite their exhaustion."

Though still as playful as a puppy, Roger is getting old. His heart-stealing behavior this past week marked a bittersweet end to his career as a search and rescue dog.

He will soon turn 9 — the age at which the Kaohsiung Fire Bureau says he must retire. However, as Chih-san assured CNA, the soon-to-be-retired pup will be adopted into a good home.

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Global ocean surface temperatures have been at record highs for just over a full year, worrying scientists who don't have a complete understanding of what is driving this trend. March 14 marked a full year in which global ocean surface temperatures were the warmest on record. Conditions at sea have affected the weather on land, worsening flooding rains in Los Angeles, San Francisco, the East Coast of the U.S. and other parts of the world.

  • They have also brought damaging marine heat waves to the ocean, devastating marine ecosystems from the North Atlantic Basin to Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
  • Unusually mild ocean and air temperatures were, to some extent, expected in 2023 due to the development of a strong El Niño event in the tropical Pacific Ocean.
  • Such events typically feature unusually warm waters in the equatorial tropical Pacific, and can transfer more heat into the atmosphere as well.

The spike in global temperatures seen during 2023, which has continued into 2024, has been unexpected in its magnitude, persistence and geographic extent.

  • El Niño simply cannot explain all of it.

"I do not have any solid explanations for it," Brian McNoldy, a senior researcher at the University of Miami in Florida, told Axios media in an email, regarding the record warm sea surface temperatures.

  • "I would say that I'm just a shocked observer like so many others. It's not just that the global-average sea surface temperature has been record-breaking every single day… but it's the absurdly-large margins by which the records have been broken," he said.
  • McNoldy said that by late summer of 2023, global records fell by over 0.3°C (0.54°F). "Historically such records were broken only briefly by perhaps half of that margin."
  • He said El Niño helped, but was not the only culprit.

In addition, while there is day-to-day variability that offers fleeting glimpses of downward trends, there are no signs of a global ocean temperature cooldown anytime soon, even with a La Niña expected to develop in the tropical Pacific by the fall. According to a comprehensive 2023 climate report released Tuesday by the World Meteorological Organization, a UN agency, the global ocean experienced an average daily marine heatwave coverage of 32% last year, beating the previous record of 23% in 2016.

  • Marine heat waves were particularly widespread in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea, the WMO noted.

Commenting on 2023's global average surface temperature, which was nearly 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, WMO Secretary-General Celeste Saulo stated: "Never have we been so close – albeit on a temporary basis at the moment — to the 1.5° C lower limit of the Paris Agreement on climate change."

  • "The WMO community is sounding the Red Alert to the world," Saulo said in a statement.
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A Florida man was arrested after he was recorded violently stomping on his dog while they were walking near the Coastal Village Apartments in Fort Myers.

Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said the sheriff’s office got a call from a good Samaritan who was recording 20-year-old Beckham McLeod as he stomped and kicked his 9-month-old Pitbull named King.

“When we first made contact with McLeod he simply said, ‘what, I can’t reprimand my dog?’ What you see there is not reprimanding, IT’S CRUEL…IT’S ABUSE!” Marceno said.

McLeod was arrested on charges of aggravated animal cruelty.  King was surrendered and taken to be evaluated by a veterinarian for bruising and swelling in his neck area.

“I will do everything in my power to make absolute certain McLeod will not own another animal. Once convicted, his name will be placed on our animal abuse registry,” Marceno said.

King will remain at the Lee County Domestic Animal Services until he is adopted into a loving home, according to the sheriff’s office.

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KIRBYVILLE, Texas – A man rescued a group of horses trapped in neck-deep water from a barn that had flooded during a heavy downpour in eastern Texas.

Following nearly 13 inches of rainfall in the area on Tuesday night, rescuers had to act quickly to aid the trapped animals at the Kirbyville Auction Barn, a family farm that has stood for over 70 years. 

Videos show Jeff Muckleroy leading the horses out of Kirbyville Auction Barn, which flooded following 13 inches of rainfall in the area on Tuesday night. 

Early Wednesday morning, a Flash Flood Emergency was issued for areas of Jasper County in southeastern Texas, such as Kirbyville, lasting several hours. An emergency like this is the most severe flood alert the National Weather Service can issue. It means life-threatening flooding and catastrophic damage are already occurring or expected to occur soon.

Muckleroy's daughter, Hannah Muckleroy Clark, said that her dad, "being the hero that he is," guided the animals out by boat and wouldn’t leave until all the horses were accounted for. "There’s no doubt that we’ll be back up and running in no time," Muckleroy's daughter said. "Nothing that a little prayer, faith, and resiliency can’t fix!"

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A dog missing in California since the summer turned up more than 2,000 miles away in suburban Detroit.

Police in Harper Woods responded to a call about a stray dog last week, picked up the terrier mix and contacted an animal welfare group.

The Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society said it quickly discovered that the dog, named Mishka, had an identity chip implanted in her with information about her owners.

Mehrad Houman and his family live in San Diego but were planning to travel to Minnesota when the call came in. He landed there and then drove 10 hours to Michigan for a reunion with Mishka, the adoption group said.

“This is a tale that Hollywood would love to tell,” the group said.

Mishka had wandered away from Houman’s workplace, an auto garage, in July and never returned. Her collar had the family’s phone number.

“We think it was stolen and then it was sold and ended up in Michigan,” said Corinne Martin, director of the animal welfare group.

Houman’s wife, Elizabeth, said it’s “been an incredible journey.”

“I never gave up,” she said. “I put up over a thousand flyers. I had a flyer on my back windshield. I wore her leash whenever I would look for her. ... Now I just want to find out how she got to Michigan.”

Veterinarian Nancy Pillsbury examined 3-year-old Mishka, gave her a rabies shot and cleared her to travel home to California.

“She was clean, well-fed. Whoever had her took good care of her,” Pillsbury told The Associated Press. “How she got here — that’s a story only Mishka knows.”

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Periodical cicadas aren't present every spring, but when they do emerge, they come in loud, buzzing hordes. This year, trillions of these beady-eyed bugs are expected to appear in several U.S. states. There are two types of periodical cicadas — ones that come out every 13 years and ones that come out every 17 years. They emerge in broods, which are labeled with Roman numerals.

In 2024, two broods will emerge: Brood XIX, which is on a 13-year cycle, and Brood XIII, which is on a 17-year cycle. These two broods haven't matched up since 1803, according to research from the University of Connecticut.  Brood XIX will emerge across parts of the Midwest and Southeast, while Brood XIII will primarily be seen in Illinois. 

Cicadas emerge from underground once the soil reaches 64 degrees, cicada expert Matthew Kasson told CBS News. So cicadas in South Carolina might emerge in April, when temperatures start to warm up there, while those in cooler climates like the upper Midwest might not emerge until June. 

When they emerge from the ground, their job is to reproduce. To attract mates, male cicadas start buzzing loudly — which is why the presence of cicadas is accompanied by a loud droning sound. They start this process about four to five days after they emerge. The females will flick their wings to signal to the males they want to mate, Kasson said.

The females lay their eggs in woody plants, using their ovipositor, or egg-laying organ, to inject about 10-20 eggs into branches. Females can lay around 500 to 600 eggs. The eggs hatch about six weeks after they're laid, and the babies fall to the ground, eventually digging themselves into the soil, where they will remain for 13 or 17 years. Their parents, however, die shortly after the mating process, lasting only about a month above ground. 

While the emergence of trillions of bugs from the ground may seem apocalyptic, cicadas pose no threat to humans or other animals. However, they molt when they emerge, leaving behind their crusty exoskeletons. And when they die, they can smell like roadkill.  Wildlife like birds or snakes may eat cicadas, and it typically isn't dangerous to do so. Pets sometimes eat them too.

"They are not toxic to pets. They won't sting or bite your pet," Dr. Cynthia Gonzalez of Family Pet Animal Hospital recently told CBS Chicago. "The only issue that would present for your pet is if they were to ingest a large amount of them, or if they're a smaller dog if they ate a small piece of the exoskeleton — sometimes that can really irritate their GI tract."

Humans can also eat cicadas. They are best eaten as adults after they have molted but before their exoskeleton hardens. People who are allergic to shellfish should avoid eating cicadas. 

Some cicadas. however, could be infected with a sexually transmitted fungus called Massospora cicadina, The fungus takes over a third of the cicada's body, replacing it with a chalky plug. Their genitals fall off and they become hyper-sexual — even though they can no longer reproduce.  These so-called "zombie cicadas" continue about their normal routines, despite being taken over by a fungus, Kasson said. Contrary to popular belief, cicadas are not "plague locusts." They're not even locusts, which are known to eat plants. 

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Anyone thinking of moving to the French countryside who objects to being woken by crowing cockerels, mooing cows, the sound of tractors or the smell of manure will be sent packing from the courts from now on.

The French parliament has adopted a law in an effort to put an end to hundreds of noise complaint cases brought by disgruntled neighbours every year, mostly new arrivals from towns seeking rural peace and quiet.

“Those who move to the countryside cannot demand that country people who feed them change their way of life,” the justice minister, Éric Dupond-Moretti, said last year when the law was introduced to parliament.

When tackled about the issue at the annual agriculture salon in March, he added it was “surreal that courts are being clogged up … with disputes about cows mooing at night. What should be done? Sedate them? If you don’t like the countryside, you stay in the city, and if you go to the countryside you adapt to the countryside as it is already.”

From now, people who decide to live near, next to or above an existing farm, shop, bar or restaurant cannot complain about the noise or other inconveniences.

Animal noise is a regular cause of rustic rows in France and often viewed as symbolic of the clash between those living in rural areas who have long kept animals or rung church bells, and privileged incomers from urban areas of France or abroad who have moved to or bought second homes in the countryside.

French judges have seen a number of complainants troop through their courts, including neighbours annoyed by Maurice the noisy rooster, who survived a legal attempt to silence him in 2019. Ducks, geese, cows and even cicadas have faced attempts to shut them up. In May last year, gendarmes turned up at the home of 92-year-old Colette Ferry to remove three frogs from her garden pond after complaints by neighbours.

In Le Beausset in the Var, Provence, a mayor refused to kill the local cicadas after tourists complained they were too loud.

France passed a “sensory heritage” law three years ago, but the complaints continued, prompting further legislation.

Not everyone was in tune with the new legislation, however. The Socialist MP Gérard Leseul dismissed what he called a “verbose law … that does nothing more than introduce principles that are already established and applied”.

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