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Carry on quacking
3rd March 2020

By Robert Ellis

The ducks on a French smallholding may continue to quack, a court has ruled, rejecting a neighbour’s complaint that the birds’ racket was making their life ‘a misery’.

The court in the town of Dax ruled that the noise from the flock of around 60 ducks and geese, kept by retired farmer Dominique Douthe in the foothills of the Pyrenees, in south-western France, was within acceptable limits.

“The ducks have won,” Dominique told the Reuters news agency after the court decision.

The complaint was brought by Dominique’s neighbour, who moved into a property about 50 metres away from the enclosure where the flock was kept.