FORT WORTH -- To Josue Cardenas, roosters are a valued cultural and family icon.
To Tom McElroy, the birds are a nuisance and should be banned within the city limits.
The two Fort Worth residents represented the opposite sides in the debate in the Fort Worth City Council chambers Tuesday night.
A proposal to modify the city's existing code and limit to two the number of roosters that can be kept in areas zoned residential or multi-use was on the table, a compromise that essentially pleased no one.
In the end, the council voted unanimously, 9-0, to accept the compromise. Residents with more than two roosters will have six months before enforcement begins.
The ordinance also bans possession of cockfighting paraphernalia.
"This one of those situations where council has to make a decision not only about the city we have now but the city we're going to have in the future -- about the quality of life of those who live here," Mayor Mike Moncrief said.
The chamber was packed for the discussion.
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