Swazi cocks get the chop

Authorities in Swaziland's capital Mbabane have launched a crackdown on cockerels amid a surge in chicken-breeding that is disturbing city residents' sleep .

Authorities in Swaziland's capital Mbabane have launched a crackdown on cockerels amid a surge in chicken-breeding that is disturbing city residents' sleep .

Mbabane municipal spokesman Bongani Dlamini said authorities would enforce a 40-year-old law that permits residents to raise up to 12 chickens with permission but no roosters.

"Our people have been hard hit by skyrocketing food prices but that does not allow people to raise chickens without the approval of the council," Dlamini said.

"We have found cocks to be troublesome and they end up making lives miserable for residents." - Sapa

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