[Sca-cooks] peacocks

avrealtor at prodigy.net avrealtor at prodigy.net
Sun Jan 25 13:53:36 PST 2009

There is a peafowl breeder who lives next to my sister in law.  The have maybe 10 birds currently.  They raise them for mostly ornamental reason but they have said that a few have been bought as food.  As far as they have ever been told by the county, eating the birds  is not illegal.  

In general I think that the prohibitions on peafowl are set forth for the feral populations of the various cities where they roam.  A privately owner bird would not be covered.


--- On Sun, 1/25/09, Terry Decker <t.d.decker at att.net> wrote:
From: Terry Decker <t.d.decker at att.net>
Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] peacocks
To: "Cooks within the SCA" <sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org>
Date: Sunday, January 25, 2009, 12:34 PM

> ?? 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

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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