ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Peacocks Have Rights in Hawaii

Updated on August 27, 2016
elayne001 profile image

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?

See results

Comments

Submit a Comment

  • profile image

    Pamela Kinnaird W 

    8 years ago

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

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR

    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

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

  • Cagsil profile image

    Cagsil 

    8 years ago from USA or America

    Thank you for sharing. A very interesting article.

  • profile image

    isi 

    8 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

  • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

    Patty Inglish MS 

    8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

    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

    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

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

  • cally2 profile image

    Paul Callaghan 

    8 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

    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

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

  • profile image

    Keira7 

    8 years ago

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

  • profile image

    Linda Myshrall 

    8 years ago

    That's horrible! My husband snores and keeps me awake at night... that doesn't mean I should club him to death. Blech!

  • Hello, hello, profile image

    Hello, hello, 

    8 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

    Elayne 

    8 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.

  • Glenn Stok profile image

    Glenn Stok 

    8 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

    LianaK 

    8 years ago

    I love peacocks.

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)