Curb food source to reduce mynah woes

The idea of eating the javan mynah to mitigate the pest problem is an interesting one, but I do not think we are ready for such a solution yet ("The javan mynah: Today's pest, tomorrow's food?"; last Friday).

If we are moving in that direction, should we not deep-fry cockroaches and rats as well? After all, these are already considered delicacies in other countries.

A big reason for the proliferation of javan mynahs is our hawker centres, which are a feeding haven for them.

Most people do not have the habit of clearing their plates and trays, thus, attracting the birds to feed on the leftovers.

Therefore, more should be done in this area, such as putting up signs to promote the clearing of food waste.

Singapore has a reputation for being a clean and green country. We have bins all around the island to ensure cleanliness.

However, at times, some of the bins become a feeding ground for the javan mynahs.

This is especially so in places where there is an excess of trash lying around, such as central refuse areas.

We should monitor areas with high pest activity closely, as well as ensure that these areas are cleaned more often.

Let us work on maintaining our status as a clean and green country first, before resorting to feasting on the birds.

Joseph Tan Yuan Le

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 29, 2016, with the headline 'Curb food source to reduce mynah woes'. Print Edition | Subscribe