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'Don't feed the birds,' state Senate committee says

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:45 p.m. HST, Mar 28, 2013

Jamm Aquino / jaquino@staradvertiser.comA bird in the handA pigeon fed from the hand of a man named Joe (no last name given) at Ala Moana Beach Park yesterday.

The Hawaii Senate judiciary committee has approved a bill aimed at regulating feral bird feeding. 

The proposal would make feeding feral birds a nuisance and authorize the director of health to investigate and prohibit the feeding.

The committee softened the House version of the bill that made feeding wild birds a violation of the penal code. 

Numerous people and animal rights groups said they oppose criminalizing bird feeding.

Pearl City resident Shigeko Mukai testified that her neighbors' insistence on feeding wild birds causes an unbearable odor.

She says bird droppings have littered her property on a daily basis for more than 10 years.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Clayton Hee says there is no doubt about the problem but he believes it is a health issue, not a criminal one.

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livinginhawaii wrote:
This is what happens when YOU keep voting in the incumbents. The over paid politicians are at it again wasting our tax dollars. I wouldn't be surprised if this one gets national negative press like islam day did a few years back.
on March 28,2013 | 05:23PM
AmbienDaze wrote:
i say stop giving free stuffs to feral people. they poop all over the place.
on March 28,2013 | 08:36PM
RichardCory wrote:
What's the waste of tax dollars here? You think there shouldn't be laws against feeding wild birds that spread odor and disease? Okay, how about you go ahead and start taking care of all of them on your property?
on March 29,2013 | 08:20AM
veloperson wrote:
Most of those birds (esp. pigeons) are just RATS WITH FEATHERS... Hey, feed the rats instead; that isn't even on the radar of the "Do Jack" Senate.
on March 28,2013 | 05:54PM
niimi wrote:
They already feed the rats in Chinatown downtown.
on March 28,2013 | 08:53PM
localguy wrote:
Lots of rats in Honolulu Hale too? Usually there Mon - Fri.
on March 28,2013 | 11:20PM
mcc wrote:
Can't get rid of them. Master race.
on March 29,2013 | 07:54AM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
Can we make the guy with the pigeon coop near the Old Waialae Drive-In pay for the big expensive highway sign his bird pooped on and had to be replaced? I'm sure that sign was in the thousands.
on March 28,2013 | 06:28PM
mcc wrote:
How do you know the poop is from his birds? They might be from mine.
on March 29,2013 | 07:55AM
onlyaloha wrote:
About time, feeding bird is OK but having them take over surrounding properties is NOT OK.
on March 28,2013 | 06:54PM
Wotboddahyou wrote:
I think rather than take the time to really discuss the dismal state or our roads, or the dilapidated condition of our schools, or the overcrowding or our prisons, or the homeless situation, or our high rate of methamphetamine use, or child abuse, or our bloated government workforce, or our burdensome tax rates, or our run down airport, or our unkempt parks, or our reputation as one of the worst states for business... we should as a matter of prime importance and worthy of tax payer money and time... talk about bird s#!7. Really. That's it? That's what they want to talk about? This is an issue the public has been clamoring to be dealt with? Really? Because if this is the priority... the people of Hawaii deserve every bit of s#!7 they get.
on March 28,2013 | 06:57PM
kiragirl wrote:
Wow! Couldn't have said it better. Right on!
on March 28,2013 | 07:12PM
false wrote:
What do you really think?
on March 28,2013 | 08:32PM
pakeheat wrote:
We keep voting the same people, we get what we deserve
on March 28,2013 | 10:25PM
Mythman wrote:
Usually the bosses let something public run down so they can build its replacement and hand out contracts to their supporters. It's called manipulation. The run down thing makes us angry and so they pass a new tax or a bond issue and use the money to replace it instead of maintaining it.
on March 29,2013 | 08:03AM
mikethenovice wrote:
After people pass the human test on earth, we will return as birds. That's why people feed the birds.
on March 28,2013 | 08:03PM
mikethenovice wrote:
The overworked police force now have another law to worry about.
on March 28,2013 | 08:05PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Our elected one rather talk about birds than fixing the potholes.
on March 28,2013 | 08:05PM
mikethenovice wrote:
WalMart sells wild bird feed.
on March 28,2013 | 08:06PM
kailua_hi wrote:
They sell pellet guns too.
on March 29,2013 | 07:41AM
sailfish1 wrote:
What about feeding homeless people around the parks, Chinatown, etc.? They are a much bigger nuisance than birds.
on March 28,2013 | 08:34PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Feed them pigeons!
on March 28,2013 | 10:01PM
rayhawaii wrote:
Should have a law to not feed the humans in the parks. I seen cats grab fish right out of the water and birds fly where their is an abundance of food. Feed the humans and they won't get motivated to work to eat and they spread the word to their mainland friends and they come here and drink all day and wait for the free meals in the parks by those Christians when the word was to feed the hungry which meant those where there were no jobs and famine was great.
on March 28,2013 | 08:36PM
serious wrote:
The Hawaiian Hilton feeds them daily on the beach to keep them out of their guest areas.
on March 29,2013 | 04:32AM
false wrote:
The creatures give us pleasure that we don't get from humans. Sometimes the birds are the only friends we have. Just think about it.
on March 29,2013 | 05:05AM
kailua_hi wrote:
Do us all a favor - clean up after your friends!
on March 29,2013 | 07:44AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
They do feed them there but the primary reason is to lace the food with that chemical that prevents them from laying eggs. The lady that sells this stuff had a booth at the recent home improvement/property manager trade show at the Blaisdell.
on March 29,2013 | 07:07AM
bender wrote:
I would think there are more important issues to consider, or maybe the legislature doesn't think so. Criminializing the feeding of birds? Someoine must have a politicians ear.
on March 29,2013 | 05:41AM
sailfish1 wrote:
"Chairman Clayton Hee says there is no doubt about the problem but he believes it is a health issue, not a criminal one." What's the health issue? I have never heard of anyone or anything dying or becoming ill because of birds. There are more deadly bacteria on humans than birds - so we need to stop feeding ourselves? If there truly is a health issue, how about eradicating the birds?
on March 29,2013 | 07:33AM
mcc wrote:
Laws, laws, laws, unenforceable laws.
on March 29,2013 | 07:53AM
BO0o07 wrote:
I agree that it's more a health problem and all the feral bird diseases should be published to educate the public. Seems like we have ten times more feral birds than we did 5-6 decades ago. As the people population of the islands increased, you would think the feral bird population would decline but it is the opposite of what should be happening.
on March 29,2013 | 08:27AM
serious wrote:
BOO, you make a good point. There are a lot more feral birds now and on the opposite side less cats--I wonder if there is a connection?
on March 29,2013 | 08:41AM
Slow wrote:
I remember the SF columnist Herb Caen referring to city pigeons as winged rats. It changed my perception of these pestiferous birds. I am happy that the public seems to be realizing they are vermin.
on March 29,2013 | 09:20AM
rayhawaii wrote:
I was impressed years ago with all these birds in the park waiting for this bird lady to show up. Birds all over her car. She had me hold out my hand and put seeds in it and about 20 birds all on my arm. When the birds were gone I see all these uku looking mite type bugs all on my arm. I jumped in the outdoor shower. Never do that again. Plus the Hilton is feeding birth control chemical laced food to the birds.
on March 29,2013 | 09:20AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Nice way to teach the kids on how much respect animals. Get ready for the selfish generation.
on March 29,2013 | 10:22AM
mikethenovice wrote:
This article makes me not want to give to any charity also. Better to just mind my own business.
on March 29,2013 | 10:23AM
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