I am the first to admit that when it comes to lawsuits, we Americans can fashion some doozies. And more often than not, the outcome of the court’s ruling usually makes a bit of sense.
However, I am going to have to say that this one is pretty much in a league all its own—and it didn’t even take place in these United States.
Over in the country of France, a flock of ducks was “sued,” and they won their court case. The ducks in question call a small French smallholding currently home. However, on Tuesday, a French court ruled that the ducks could stay, in essence, winning their case.
The neighbor’s near the area where the ducks call home, took the flock to court, with they complain that the racket the birds made was making the humans around them miserable.
The flock of 60 ducks and geese that are tended to daily by Dominique Douthe were ruled to be well within the acceptable limits and numbers. Dominique and her birds live in southwestern France, in the Pyrenees foothills.
When hearing of the court’s decision, Douthe told Reuters:
“The ducks have won. I am very happy because I didn’t want to slaughter my ducks.”
A new neighbor near Douthe filed the complaint and subsequent lawsuit. The neighbor had just moved to her new home, about 50 yards from the enclosure where Douthe houses her flock, about one year ago.
This case is one of the many that have recently been in courts that are pitting the accepted traditional ways of life in the rural areas of France, against the more modern values.
Those who have grown up in the country and lived there most of their lives say that these new perceived values are slowly but surely creeping inward from the city.