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HAWAII LEGISLATORS ARE PUSHING A BILL TO "ERADICATE" ALL FERAL CHICKENS IN HAWAI'I. WE INTEND TO STOP THEM. WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Hawaii legislators are trying to implement a five year pilot program to eradicate feral chickens from all Hawaiian islands using OvoControl, a contraceptive bird feed that prevents bird eggs from hatching.
Though we appreciate their attempt to be more humane, studies have shown OvoControl can reduce a bird’s ability to dissipate heat when environmental temperatures and humidity are high (as they are in Hawai’i), causing increased sensitivity to heat stress and even mortality. There are reports the feed can contaminate soil, bugs, nearby water sources, and must not be used in damp areas or rain.
The drug is more often used for Canadian geese and Mallard ducks, requiring a special permit, and would take concerted effort to keep protected birds from inadvertently consuming it (including the rarest goose on earth the Hawaiian nēnē and the only endemic duck the koloa; on Kaua’i they can reside in the same areas). Further studies should be done for widespread use around rare bird species in such unique ecosystems.
The Department of Health has made it clear they oppose the bill and do not have the resources to accomplish this monumental task.
Costly catch and kill programs have already been tried with no positive long term results. The thing in common with these efforts is they never seem to address issues like cockfighting operations and the dumping of birds. It’s not the chicken’s fault!
They claim that feral chickens threaten or kill native Hawaiian birds, while ignoring real threats: cats, mongoose, rats, parakeets (carry avian malaria), unleashed dogs, people, cars, windmills, industrial scale solar, building in wetlands, bright lights (from resorts), mosquitos and pesticides.
Hawai’i has become known for their beloved chickens; people joke they’re the state bird. Songs, art, crafts, tees, postcards, entire businesses devoted to them. This is especially the case on Kaua’i. Visitors can’t wait to come back and see them.
Hawaii’s feral chickens have Junglefowl DNA. Brought to the islands by Polynesian navigators, the moa have lived alongside the native fauna ever since. When domesticated chickens escaped coops or were released in the wild, they bred with the wild chickens. Today these chickens are highly valued and sought after to strengthen domesticated bird breeds.
“It is crucial that we identify and conserve the genetic variation that still remains in the Red Junglefowl. This variation could soon be essential for the improvement or evolutionary rescue of commercial chicken breeds,” says Eben Gering, PhD, Michigan State University, Department of Zoology
A more holistic approach would be cultivating rather then scheming to end this breed. Hawai’i could use allocated funds to establish well-needed bird sanctuaries and locally organized chicken programs on each island.
Hawai’i leaders have been touting their efforts to become more sustainable. Fact is, Hawaii’s feral chicken eggs are some of the most delicious eggs you may ever eat. And the most sustainable means of population control with chickens is not drugging them to destroy their eggs, but instead harvesting, selling, and eating their eggs.
There are more efficient, eco-conscious ways to manage the feral chicken population in Hawai’i instead of trying to “eradicate” them.
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Learn more about SB2195: https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2195&year=2022
We the undersigned do not support SB2195 or any bill that aims to "eradicate" feral chickens in Hawai'i through drugged bird seed or other methods.
The Save Hawaii Chickens petition to Save Hawaii Chickens was written by Save Hawaii Chickens and is in the category Animal Welfare at GoPetition.