Animal rights organisation Beauty Without Cruelty (BWC) has raised the alarm on the plight of the noisy peacocks of Clovelly.
A petition created on international website change.org this week called on residents of Clovelly, Fish Hoek, Glencairn and Noordhoek to “Save the Peacocks of Clovelly” and prevent their “senseless killing”.
The plight of the birds was brought into the spotlight after a group of concerned residents filed several complaints related to the noisy birds and requested to manage the species, specifically those roaming freely on the Country Club greens.
According to the petition by Beauty Without Cruelty, the birds have a RIGHT to be there. One cannot move into an environment surrounded by protected or wild areas and expect the resident wildlife of any description to keep office hours to suit a few people.
National chairperson Toni Brockhoven said the topic was brought to the surface because it could lead to senseless culling of the species as a few households don’t like the birds’ call at night or in the morning.
Brockhoven said the purpose of this petition is to create awareness and to gather support for the birds.
Peacocks are highly social birds that form a vital part of the ecosystem due to their diet of smaller creatures.
She said if the natural flow of their ecosystem gets interrupted by residents, it could affect many key factors in the environment.
Brockhoven alleges that there are people who have used catapults with marbles or thrown rocks at the birds but nature is capable of sorting itself out.
Brockhoven urged the public to sign the petition ahead of a November 24 meeting to decide on the birds’ future.
The peafowls were introduced to the neighbourhood by a resident who lived alongside the course. According to the manager of Clovelly Country Club the residents left the breeding pair behind.
So far, 2691 people have signed the petition, which requires a total of 5000 to be actioned.
See: https://www.change.org/* /save-the-peacocks-of-clovelly to find out more.
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