I’m sick of it people! I receive emails and subscribe to news feeds that keep me “in the loop” for many Animal Rights issues. A larger part of them relate to Avian Welfare.
I’m sick and tired of the people looking to work with birds for no reason other than to make money and somehow profit off of their lives in captivity. Listen carefully if you’re one of those people – SHAME ON YOU.
- Avian Vets already walk that fine line, with some of them toppling off the other side into the profiteering world of private practices. For all the Avian Vets out there looking to charge $1,000 for an office visit and only getting certified due to the dollar signs involved – SHAME ON YOU.
- Trainers don’t even try to walk that same fine line. There are some cases where training the bird to behave certain ways is beneficial for the bird… I’ve talked about that already. For all the others that think teaching a bird (or any animal) to do stupid tricks is somehow enriching – SHAME ON YOU.
- Behaviorists, that’s another one for ya. Sounds innocent on the surface, but these people aren’t out in the Amazon rainforests trying to reintroduce species on the brink of extinction by studying their behavioral patterns. These people put their money, education and careers on the fact that birds are pets and people will keep them as pets without ever trying to convince people otherwise – SHAME ON YOU.
- Breeders. Without these people, the ones mentioned above would have been out of business in the early 90’s when exotic bird importation became illegal. Breeders are the entire lifeblood of the industry, keeping the rest of the blood-suckers in business. You deserve a special SHAME ON YOU and may you BURN IN HELL for your efforts.
This doesn’t even include the individual people that are just plain stupid, arrogant, egotistical and impulsive enough to buy birds on a whim for some superficial reason and then claim to be a “parrot person”. If you need a friend that badly, here’s a list of activities that might help.
- Church Bingo night
- Singles clubs
- Happy hour
- Sci-fi conventions
- Online video games
- RPG clubs
- Tailgate parties
If you want a non-human friend, get a dog. If that doesn’t work, seek therapy. The fuck makes you think a bird bred to live their life in a cage, putting up with your ignorant crap day after day, pulling their feathers out in frustration and chewing nickel-sized holes in their chest because it’s the only thing they’ve learned in their lives that makes them feel remotely good, is a happy bird?!
Maybe I’ll get another blog entry posted in the future, when I’m less pissed off at the human race…