WALKING ON THE WILD SIDE
Who cares about wild captured birds in the first place?
Who knows what happens in the world’s rainforests and how it affects the birds?
What difference does it make?
What’s the big deal about?
It has no bearing on me!
What was the purpose of World Parrot Day, and why was it necessary?
Who cared to attend it?
What could we do even if we cared enough to act?
Why should we do anything in the first place?
After all, there isn’t anything in the press about it!
Why, you may wonder, am I, a mere bird, going to answer Mum’s questions?
Simply put, I am one of the millions of animals harmed by this terrible, brutal, and horrific trade, and YOU are all affected by it as well!
YES, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU, BIRD OR NO BIRD, EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THE WORLD IS AFFECTED BY THIS TRADE.
AND THIS IS WHY………..
What happens to the jungle’s free-flying birds? What’s the big deal about?
Waiting until daybreak is the most popular, simplest, and cheapest method.
Keep an eye out for a flock of birds flying above.
Take just one bird.
Throw it to the ground and place one foot on its back.
Using a Machete, cut both wings off violently.
Pick up the shrieking bird and make a tiny incision in its throat.
Apply adhesive or sap on the soles of its feet.
Attach the bird to a tree limb.
Return to the safety of the jungle’s trees and wait.
Soon, the remainder of the flock will descend to assist their wounded companion, who is crying in terror and anguish.
Imagine the agony and terror the bird is feeling right now, when all it can see through blood-smeared eyes are the guys who tormented it, laughing, smoking, and conversing.
The remainder of the flock congregates around them, and suddenly, large, thick nets are thrown over their heads.
In their fright, the flock thrashes around, hurting their feet, wings, and beaks.
The males then appear.
The birds are grasped by one wing, by a hand wearing a thick glove; after all, the guys don’t want to be wounded by biting birds, that would be terrible!!!
They are then crowded into wooden crates so tightly that they can scarcely breathe, much alone expand their wings.
Their eyes bulge with dread, they bite each other for space, some are bleeding from wounds, some are in anguish from torn claws and shattered wings, and others have already succumbed to shock and are drawing their last breath.
The nightmare then moves on to the second segment.
They are intended to be carried to a holding shed, where they are held, frequently for days, with minimal water (filthy from previous inhabitants) and, if they are fortunate, a few seeds. To get a crumb of food, the birds must battle each other.
They are then jammed back into the container. This might range from a suitcase to a box. The birds are often packed in tubes or stacked on top of one another. After spending hours in these circumstances, without water or food, they are transferred to the nation that will sell them. Many of the birds perish in transportation, and others begin to devour each other to avoid hunger.
The catchers return home with a pocket full of cash and a mind free of guilt.
What difference does it make?
YOU ALL LIKE TO THINK YOU’RE PART OF THE HUMAN RACE, DON’T YOU?
WHAT ON EARTH IS HUMAN ABOUT THAT PRACTICE?
If that’s what it means to be “Human,” then
THEN I’M GLAD I’M NOT FROM THE HUMAN RACE AND WAS BORN A BIRD, BECAUSE IN THE BIRD WORLD WE DO NOT BEHAVE IN SUCH A BARBARIC AND CRUEL WAY TO OUR FELLOW CREATURES. WE KILL FOR FOOD AND FOR OUR OWN PROTECTION, NOT FOR MONEY!
EACH YEAR, BETWEEN 8 AND 20 MILLION EXOTIC BIRDS ARE CAPTURED IN THE WILD.
UP TO 4 IN 5 DIE BEFORE THEY EVEN GET TO THE PET SHOP.
(THESE IMAGES ARE TRUE AND EXTRACTED FROM THE LABOUR PARTY’S PAMPHLET ON THE WORLD BIRD TRADE IN 1997.)
THERE WAS AN EFFORT IN THE EARLY 1990’S TO END WILD BIRD IMPORTS, WHICH RESULTED IN
- THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ADOPTED A RESOLUTION CALLING FOR A BAN * MANY AIRLINES REFUSED TO CARRY WILD CAUGHT BIRDS ON THEIR PLANES.
Traders quickly found anonymous truck transporters ready to pay a fee to transport these sad birds.
Money speaks volumes!
BUT DOES IT AFFECT A LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE?
Read more about the famous parrot Gizmo’s story.
WILD BIRD IMPORTS HAVE THE FOLLOWING EFFECTS ON US ALL:
- It endangers human lives and livelihoods – Exotic Newcastle Disease (E.N.D.) and Avian Flu outbreaks may kill humans as well as birds and cost millions of dollars, particularly now that the EU is expanding.
A shipment of 4000 wild parrots transported into Italy from Pakistan recently tested positive for E.N.D., necessitating their annihilation.
- It endangers the existence of animals like the African Grey. Many parrot species, like the little blue Macaw, have already become extinct. Since 1975, 34 parrot species have gone extinct, and many more have become endangered.
- It poses a concern to our domestically raised parrots since many of these illnesses are communicable among birds and may be transmitted from people who have come into touch with diseased birds.
- Parrots are being taken quicker than they can be replenished via natural reproduction, which is why species are going extinct. Unsuspecting and inexperienced buyers discover that the bird they acquired has developed a form of captivity-induced insanity, resulting in them becoming uncontrolled, snarling, and biting (out of fear), particularly because many of these birds are already adults when seized. This results in an undesired pet, which is then handed along from owner to owner with no one trying to attempt to calm and settle the unfortunate creature.
- Because of their new owner’s ignorance, their diets alter considerably, and they are given inappropriate and occasionally harmful substances.
- Because disillusioned owners administer sanctions on a shouting, biting bird, these unfortunate birds are often mistreated to the point of cruelty. A bird who has done nothing wrong, a bird that has no idea what is happening to it, a bird that can only defend itself with its beak. A terrified, terrified, and perplexed bird that cannot describe its sentiments to a human or anyone else that might possibly comprehend it. Alone in its agony and anguish.
- Finally, because to the plethora of pressures encountered between the wild and their eventual destination, many parrots are prone to sickness and malnourishment, and as a consequence, many die prematurely.
SO, WHAT WAS THE PURPOSE OF WORLD PARROT DAY?
It was all about raising public awareness about the brutality involved with wild-caught parrots.
It was all about emphasizing the dangers of importing wild-caught parrots.
It was to deliver to Tony Blair at Downing Street a 33,000-strong petition seeking for an EU ban on wild imports of parrots.
Who came to this event?
The World Parrot Trust’s President.
Alan Jones is a well-known avian veterinarian.
Quentin Blake is a children’s book author and artist.
Several World Parrot Trust members and their parrots
Myself, Steve, Graham, Sue, Norma, a photographer friend of mine, and……
Sir Morris, Lady Cluck, and Izzy-Wizzy, as well as Gizmo (a VIP Guest of the World Parrot Trust).
Plus the population of Central London and around 2000 people in Trafalgar Square! Gizmo has now requested Sue to finish the narrative… …..
SO, WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP MY WILD PARROT FRIENDS IN THE FUTURE?
Sign the online petition calling for a ban.
Never purchase a parrot that has not been captivity bred in the United States.
Dissuade friends from purchasing wild-caught parrots.
Make as many people aware as possible of this heinous practice of catching wild parrots.
If you are unfortunate enough to own one, show tolerance, empathy, and compassion for the bird’s condition.
Seek assistance in dealing with the traumatized bird; do not just pass it on to someone else since it is not tame and lovable.
Remember to be human while interacting with this and any other creature that relies on humans for its survival.
Show your support for this ban by attending some of these gatherings; maybe you will completely understand why I and many of my friends do not always appreciate what it means to be a “Human”!
WHAT HAS THIS WORLD PARROT DAY ACHIEVED?
- A large number of individuals attended the event. We traveled Central London for three hours in an open-top bus, proclaiming what we were doing and attempting to accomplish. We distributed flyers to everyone we could. In front of the world press, I (Gizmo) delivered the petition straight to No. 10 Downing Street. We earned headlines in Canada, America, Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom. I did an hour-long BBC show, a live interview with Mum on East Midlands Today, a Sky News interview, and Morris and Cluck reached the FRONT PAGE of the Guardian. We were also featured on other websites throughout the globe, and we even managed to halt traffic in London!
ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS, AND EVEN THOUGH I CAN ONLY SPEAK A FEW WORDS, MUM AND MY FRIENDS FILLED IN THE GAPS FOR ME, SO THAT PARROTS HAD THEIR SAY AT LEAST ONCE.
That is what I mean by “HUMAN”!
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