Feral Peacocks´ debate: Should They Stay in the Street

Canada has been divided concerning a new debate that created considerable tension in the community. Feral peacocks took up residence on the street near Vancouver.

These friendly animals have shown that they can be peaceful neighbors. For several years, a group of feral peacocks divided the community of Sullivan Heights because some of the residents, especially the ones living in suburban areas, love these birds but many others argued that peacocks´screeching does not let them rest properly, they kept them awake.

One person who is against peacocks living in the trees nearby is Parminder Brar. He claimed that his father slipped on peacocks´excrements on their property and he was seriously injured.

After the accident, Parminder made a formal request to take down the tree where the peacocks had built a nest. However, the city turned him down. As a consequence, he decided to cut down the tree.

His actions provoked a furor in Sullivan Heights, some neighbors were terribly angry about it, and so, he earned a fine of up to $10,000.

Katy Taylor, Brar´s neighbor, said “the majority of us love them. They add value to the neighborhood.”

“We haven’t seen any aggression from the peacocks,” Taylor says. “You can feed them from your hands.”  The peacocks have proven to be peaceful neighbors, unlike their native counterpart, the Canada geese which periodically stop by and can be aggressive.

Since 2009, there has been a lot of complaints to the city authorities in connection with the peacocks living in the trees. These complaints started after a local farm where the peacocks used to feed closed down, and the birds relocated in Sullivan Heights.

Although the first city response was to send animal control to round up the peacocks and to release them in another place,  the birds kept returning to the area.

Lastly, the issue was dropped due to the community split decision on whether to let them stay or send them away.

The city’s public safety manager, Jaspreet Rehal, manifested that “It’s a legal grey area,” and “they don’t fall squarely into any animal control rules, regulations, and bylaws.”

According to Rehal, Brar’s decision to take the law into his own hands might not be a correct one. “Cutting down the tree was not an option. It was a very healthy tree, it was important to the environment around it, and we take tree removal very seriously.”

What is more, Rehal said that the following step would be to consult the Canadian community as a whole on what to do with peacocks. The most likely decision might be to relocate them somewhere else. For the time being, peacocks are perching on Brar´s roof.If you think this topic was interesting and you want to know more about peacocks or any other animal, please contact us. And if you would like to contribute with our organization, it will be more than welcome.