Roosters and Chickens in Residential Communities Could Spell Disaster in Bird Flu Outbreak


The 1900 Bubonic Plague outbreak is considered the greatest public saftey
disaster in Hawaiian History. Bird Flu has the potential to be the second.

If the city of Honolulu continues to allow their citizens to raise poultry
in residential areas without proper enforcement (i.e. number of birds,
sanitation, etc), then the city should be held liable when (not if) the bird
flu pandemic hits Hawaii and these birds cost lives.

Allowing roosters and chickens to live in residentially zoned backyards is like storing gasoline with a book of matches.

”’Cathleen “Cate” Matsushima, a resident of Hawaii, can be reached via email at”’