[Sca-cooks] peacocks

Terry Decker t.d.decker at att.net
Sun Jan 25 12:34:24 PST 2009

> ?? You have laws about what you can put in your own stomach?
> -- 
> Antonia di Benedetto Calvo

What we have are laws about that which can be legally bought, sold and 
possessed.  For example, possession of a deer taken out of season and 
without the appropriate tags and licenses is unlawful.  Eating said deer 
could be considered unlawfully disposing of evidence of a crime.  Selling 
the meat bypasses Food and Drug Administration reguilations, which is 
another set of crimes.

I believe (I'm having some problems with Findlaw) the particular ordinance 
that was referenced is about the trapping and transporting of pea fowl 
within Palos Verdes Estates.  There is an ongoing dispute between 
individuals and groups that consider them pest and others that want to 
preserve them.  In a previous lawsuit, Palos Verdes Estates established a 
limit of 21 feral pea fowl to be permitted within the jurisdiction, which 
satisfied the pea fowl lovers.  A couple in Palos Verdes Estates has been 
trapping pea fowl on their property and transporting them from the 
jurisdiction violating the city's agreed settlement.  To maintain their 
settlement agreement, Palos Verdes Estates has ordered that pea fowl can not 
be captured or transported within the jurisdiction without a permit. 
Apparently, similar limits have been established in other jurisdictions 
including LA County.  It probably did not occur to the city fathers that 
someone might have obtained a live pea fowl lawfully from some other place 
and be transporting them through their jurisdiction.

A live pea fowl purchased fom a legal farming operation is not feral, has 
not been trapped unlawfully and being transported in a lawful manner 
probably does not fall under the ordinance.  A bill of sale would provide 
verifiable evidence of ownership of the bird.


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