Pitikok emerges victorious by default from his involuntary fight for rurality.

This rooster who crows in the small village of Oursbelille, a small village in the Hautes-Pyrénées, had ended up attracting the wrath of a neighbor.

The septuagenarian, originally from Clermont-Ferrand and occasional resident of the town, had filed a complaint against the owner of the bird and asked for 6,000 euros in compensation for "abnormal neighborhood disturbance".

But the trial, scheduled for Tuesday before the Tarbes court, came to a halt.

The plaintiff withdrew the charges because of the hateful comments, even death threats, that the media coverage of the case earned him.


"It's a business that ends well for Pitikok who will be able to continue to croak and watch over his little hens", rejoices Stéphane Jaffrain, the owner's lawyer, who deplores the attitude of these "neo-rurals who come to the countryside, and which do not support, or little, sounds which are natural".

Pitikok walks in the footsteps of the ergots of the Maurice rooster from the island of Oléron., now deceased.

Its owner had won a similar lawsuit, making the animal an emblem of rurality.

Since January 2021, a law has protected the sounds and smells characterizing natural spaces: bells, cock crow or cicadas, croaking of frogs, but also the smell of horse droppings or stables.


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