Attack of the Feral Pigs

Non-Indigenous Species are Crowding Out the Natives

In December, 1992, the adventure-loving chairperson of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Alex Pacheco, and staffer David Barnes helicoptered into the lush Pelekunu Valley on the Hawaii island of Molokai, a largely untamed sliver of paradise 40 miles long and nine miles wide. Pacheco and Barnes planned to camp out for several weeks on its remote Pelenuku Preserve. Their purpose, however, was not to bask in the midday sun or engage in leisurely bird watching.