New bill angers Oahu bird owners

New bill angers Oahu bird owners

HONOLULU (AP) - A bill requiring Oahu residents with 10 or more birds to get a permit is receiving quite a bit of pushback from bird enthusiasts.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports City Council Bill 51, which goes into effect Wednesday, states that anyone with 10 or more nonpoultry birds on a residential property has to obtain a permit. The bill goes further by requiring applicants to get consent from two-thirds of nearby property owners.

Bird clubs and enthusiasts have banded together in opposition of the bill. Some say they fear it will lead owners to set excess birds free, a potential hazard to endangered species. They also argue that current bird provisions are enough.

Councilwoman Carol Fukunaga says she introduced the bill after receiving complaints from constituents in Nuuanu, Liliha and Papakolea.

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