A French court ruled that the ducks on a smallholding in France may carry on quacking, ruling against a neighbor’s complaint that the ducks were disrupting their lives with their loud quacking. The noise from 60 ducks and geese, kept by Dominique Douthe in Pyrenees, France was within acceptable limits, as Reuters detailed:
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“The ducks have won,” Douthe told Reuters after the court decision. “I’m very happy because I didn’t want to slaughter my ducks.”
The complaint was brought by Douthe’s neighbor who moved from the city around a year ago into a property about 50 meters (yards) away from the enclosure in the Soustons district where Douthe keeps her flock.
The dispute is the latest in a series of court cases that have pitted the traditional way of life in rural France against modern values which, country-dwellers say, are creeping in from the city.
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