Governor to veto bills protecting native wildlife? 2013.

Mynah bird.

Manu piheekelo, 2013.

It seems that the governor decided to veto a bill making petroleum distributors more responsible for protecting native wildlife (HB988) and another bill making the feeding of feral birds a nuisance (HB619). This reminded me of a couple of previous posts:

A description of life before the invasion of foreign birds.

and

A look back at the folly of introducing foreign animals.

New birds introduced, 1865.

Containers of New Birds.—Aboard the trading ship of the Chinese that arrived were brought containers of new birds. The purpose of these birds are to eat bugs found in the dirt like caterpillars [peelua], koe [worms], etc. Last Wednesday, the birds were released. When they were immediately released, they quickly went in search of bugs. The number of those birds was one-hundred and eighty-four. Some of them died, but the majority are living. Therefore, anyone who sees these new birds is prohibited from killing them lest they be in trouble with the Law.

[This article most likely refers to the manu pihaekelo—mynah bird, now seen everywhere across the archipelago…]

(Au Okoa, 10/2/1865, p. 2)

He mau hinai manu hou.

Ke Au Okoa, Buke I, Helu 24, Aoao 2. Okatoba 2, 1865.