When you visit Hawaii, it’s a given that you’re probably going to see several things during your travels:
- Aloha shirts
- Palm trees
- Longs Drugs (which has been owned by CVS since 2008. All Longs Drugs outside of Hawaii have been rebranded. But the HI stores kept their name “because of its high name recognition and the geographical separation.”)
- Gorgeous panoramic views
- Shave ice
- ABC stores (if you know me and my love of all things kitschy and tacky, you can understand my love for ABC stores)
- Feral chickens
That last one is kind of a bone of contention. Although tourists seem to love them (every tourist shop will have a plethora of “Hawaiian chicken” shirts, magnets, dashboard dolls, etc.), those chickens are a hindrance to most people who live in Hawaii.
They crow 24/7. They dig up lawns and gardens. They rip up trash bags and scatter the contents. They obstruct traffic. They poop EVERYWHERE. So they might be cute, but most residents want them GONE.
The Associated Press recently reported that in the past two months, the city and County of Honolulu set traps in five areas. The total cost for the trapping was $7,000. They caught 67 chickens. That’s $104 per bird. So obviously that’s not a good long-term way to get rid of them.
We wrote back in March that a bill had been introduced in the Hawaii State Legislature to establish a state-funded “cost-effective and humane” program to address the feral chicken problem (here’s what the plans were – very creative!). Unfortunately, the bill – Senate Bill 2195 – failed to advance past the House.
The Hawaii state legislature has already adjourned for the year. So for now at least, Hawaii’s feral chickens aren’t going anywhere.
Feature Photo: Hawaii.gov
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