Sometime last week 7 male peacocks were killed at Paignton Zoo after a local resident had made a complaint about the noise they were making. The free-ranging peafowl would often wander about in streets near to the zoo where most people liked to see them, but one of the zoo's neighbours thought they were too noisy. This person complained to Torbay council and threatened legal action. Obviously when he moved into a house alongside a zoo he did not realise animals make a noise. Paignton Zoo claim they could not send the birds to another collection, so reluctantly each was given a lethal injection by the vet. The other residents of the street concerned have reacted angrily to the zoo's action. The zoo have stated that with a vacant territory up for grabs, other peacocks will move into the area alongside the houses. The easiest solution is for the complainer to go and live somewhere else. No doubt the members of this site would not mind living in close proximity to a zoo, but not everyone would like to. I wonder what this person thinks of the local herring gulls. I was in a hotel in July last year and there was a colony of gulls in the street. At first the non-stop noise throughout the night was unbearable but after a few days I became accustomed to it.