Well that’s putrid as a peacock. Isn’t that how the saying goes? I’m Amy E. Feldman.
The City of Miami is revising its “peafowl ordinance” to combat a gross problem, but probably not the one you’re thinking of. The ordinance, passed in 2001, was adopted to prohibit the killing or capture of peacocks, but the protected peacocks have grown aggressive, pecking cars, leaving droppings, and damaging property.
While Miami’s birds are prettier than many foul fowl so to speak, vultures, turkeys, even pigeons have become a nuisance in cities across the country, because there are hundreds of protected bird species listed on the Threatened or Endangered Species Act list or the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, or state or county regulations making it illegal to kill or capture them. Florida state commissioners just voted to let cities opt out of the peafowl ordinance if they have a plan to humanely remove them. Maybe Florida should force them to root for the Dolphins and see if they leave of their own volition.