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July 13, 2015

Think About It: For the Birds

Honolulu City Council Bill 51, if passed, says that anyone with 10 or more non-poultry birds at his or her residence would have to get a bird facility permit from the City. In getting such a permit, the bird lover would have to get the approval from two-thirds of neighbors living within 200-feet of the property. Once a permit is granted, the city would still be allowed to inspect the property to check on complaints of noise, odors, etc. 

I don't know how the magic number of ten birds was deemed to be a problem- vs. nine or eight- but I guess some number was pulled from the celestial nuisance chart to determine the threshold at which neighbors have a right to squawk. If the birds are cool, then neighbors can coo.  But where does that leave the neighbor whose three cats are always lying in the streets and getting into scraps? Where does that leave the neighbor whose sole dog barks at all hours when left alone, but not when an inspector stops by and the owner is present?

Is this really bird discrimination come to fruition, because that would surely be unfair tweetment? The stool pigeons who made this into a City Council issue apparently came from Nuuanu, Liliha, and Papakolea, according to council representative Carol Fukunaga. Oh, birds under three months of age are exempt. So will owners be required to produce bird birth certificates? Is this bill really something to crow about? Should an inspector run around like a chicken with its head cut off to assess complaints about a few more than seven swans a swimming or six geese a laying? Lots of questions to be answered as we'll see over time if this ordinance is all that's it's quacked up to be or just fowl play. Think about it…

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