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Peacocks Have Rights in Hawaii

Updated on August 27, 2016
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Ruth Kongaika was born in the Rocky Mountains and has lived most of her life in the South Pacific. She travels, gardens and writes.

This is the picture I took of a peacock at the Scone Palace in Scotland Summer 2009
This is the picture I took of a peacock at the Scone Palace in Scotland Summer 2009

The latest outrage in Hawaii involves a lady who was tired of a peacock squawking all day and night near the condominiums she owns. She decided to put an end to her misery by taking a baseball bat and hitting it over the head. The animal rights activists are up in arms and she has lost her first battle in court, as it was indicated by the judge that the peacock had rights too.

This incident took place on the Big Island on the Waianae Coast where peacocks roam all over the beautiful valley. Some would argue that they add to the beauty and magical scenery. However, light sleepers and those that are tired of the mating calls sometimes take matters into their own hands, literally.

The latest incident has put the offender in the hot seat with a charge of second-degree cruelty to animals. She indicated that she had sought help from the local authorities but to no avail. If convicted she could end up in jail for a year and pay a hefty fine. The lady explained that she didn’t see any difference in killing a peacock or a coqui frog. Lately she is seen with a large white hat and brings the brim down to hide her guilty face (oh wait, the trial is not over yet). When interviewed, the lady said :"If it's crazy, it's because the birds have driven me cuckoo."

Native Hawaiians are appalled by the action because they value the peacocks in the area and are used to them being there. The peacocks have been in Hawaii much longer than the alleged peacock hater. They were originally brought in to be pets of the royal family of Hawaii and other prominent people in the history of Hawaii. The former owner of the valley reported that the peacocks were a gift to her family from Kamehameha V.

Even though I am not a native Hawaiian, I have always loved peacocks and treasure them because of their elegance and beautiful feathers. I also put up with a little dog every day and night that lives close by but wouldn’t think of taking a bat and hitting it over the head.

On a recent trip to Scotland, I loved watching the peacocks who would wander around at the palaces and castles. We also have peacocks in Waimea Valley not far from where I live and I really enjoy watching them.

Although I do not keep pets, I think they all have spirits and should be respected. Too bad the turkey is not as beautiful as the peacocks! So there you have it – which side are you on, the ladies or the peacocks?

Do you think the woman who killed the peacock should be prosecuted?

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    Pamela Kinnaird W 

    10 years ago

    Good hub. I forget the exact outcome for the lady. I have to look it up.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    10 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks Cagsil. It will be interesting to see how it turns out.

  • Cagsil profile image


    10 years ago from USA or America

    Thank you for sharing. A very interesting article.

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    10 years ago

    I really feel bad for this lady. I do not think she is awful perhaps if we were in her shoes having the same mindset and upbringing I am afraid we would choose to do the same. I is difficult for me to judge her action because I do not know what went on in her mind.

    I grew up in a culture that we really believe that man was to have dominion over all god's creatures for food and for raiment so we kill all kind of animals big and small in order to survive fro day to day. I can see that this incident was not for the purpose indicated.

    I hope we can be more forgiving of her bad choice and pray that she would soon find peace with her self and those around her. Cheers

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    Patty Inglish MS 

    10 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

    What mentality leads a person to take a baseball bat to a delicate, though sqawking, bird much smaller than the person?? --Almost like a jackhammer against a butterfly. What if an elephant stomped the woman because she was talking to much? Would that be fair return? I'm astounded.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    10 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks cally2. Glad you haven't done the same thing to the American tourists. lol

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    Paul Callaghan 

    10 years ago from Paraparaumu, New Zealand

    It makes a noise so I'll kill it. MMMMMM.Growing up in London we often joked about how loud American tourists were...

    Seriously though where does this woman get off? We have had similar events here with cockerels and dogs. We have even had complaints about some of our native tui birds which are making a comeback from the brink of extinction. Silence only exists in the grave. Why don't people just appreciate the world around them and try to live with it. Kia ora Elayne.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    10 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks for all your comments. I agree with all of you.

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    10 years ago

    Some human dont need escuses to be horrible, they just are. Thanks for sharing my dear Elayne001. Great hub.:)

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    Hello, hello, 

    10 years ago from London, UK

    She could have dealt with it in a diference way. It is not their fault. Thank you for your hub.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    10 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    I'm sure she was so tired that she was out of her mind - we'll give her that at least.

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    Glenn Stok 

    10 years ago from Long Island, NY

    That really bothered me reading about that idiot who killed the Peacock. The bird didn't mean any harm to her by squawking. That's what they do. Someone needs to tell that lady that she probably has done things that disturbed others from time to time, and they don't beat her to death. Thanks for writing this hub. I'm glad the judge was an animal lover.

  • LianaK profile image


    10 years ago

    I love peacocks.


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