The bludgeoning death of a peacock has been in the news lately.
By Minna Sugimoto
A Makaha woman charged with animal cruelty for beating a peacock to death suffered a setback in court Thursday. A judge ruled peacocks living in Makaha Valley are covered under Hawaii's animal cruelty law, and rejected dismissing the case against her.
Peacocks roam freely in Makaha Valley, squawk and leave droppings. So should they be considered vermin or pests, which are excluded from Hawaii's animal cruelty law?
(I did change this text a little to take out the woman's name.)
I love birds, most of them. I love the pretty birds that don't sit on our solar panels, poop on our car, eat the buds off the orchids and fruit trees, and are indigenous to Hawaii.
Unfortunately a lot of plants, animals and bird life have been brought over as pets to Hawaii, and let loose when their owners tired of them. They multiplied, competed with native wildlife and often times caused their extinction. This is why we have wallabies and peacocks in Hawaii.
My mother's chief adversary is this red butted bulbul. No, that's not its real name. This bird and the mynah are constantly watching my mother, waiting for her back to be turned and eating her favorite flower buds. They often sit of the roof and laugh at her. That's what she tells me anyway, so I have to believe her.
So here's this peacock who was driving this 70 year old woman crazy and not allowing her to sleep (and leaving yuckky poop all over the place). She finally lost it and killed it with a bat.
Hunters are often hired to kill pigs that overrun an area and kill vegetation. I've heard peacocks. They're very loud! Louder than the mynahs. If somebody killed a mynah or a bulbul, would they be tried, put in the news, possibly fined $2,000.00 and put in jail for a year? Is it just because the peacock is a big, pretty bird? Is the value of the bird or animal in its size and beauty?
I'm sorry. I love birds, but I really think this case is pretty ridiculous. I can see her getting a fine, but to be put through this kind of shame and trauma?
POSTSCRIPT: I've just heard that she was acquitted yesterday.