Why the Pet Trade Is Horrible

WARNING: This is a traumatic story, but this is what’s going on in the world. It has to STOP. Awareness helps to end suffering.

Good friend of mine told me a story about how she used to work in a pet store up in the northeast of the US.
A customer came in to the pet store to get a blue budgie’s wings clipped. 
The lady left and was going to pick the bird up later.  The “groomer” hit 2 blood feathers and the bird was bleeding everywhere. 
Instead of pulling out the feather with tweezers or getting it medical care. She threw it in a container and stuffed it in the freezer, ALIVE. 
I am told this is common practice for sick or injured birds in the pet trade. 
My friend was putting a dead animal in the freezer, and noticed the bird chirping in the box.
It was still alive, with severe brain damage. 
It lived 7 years with her, never fully recovered, but was loved...
This isn’t an isolated incident.
I’ve heard similar stories about a local bird shop doing this to a lovebird because it was sick and he wasn’t going to pay to get it vetted. They deny it, but their denial wasn’t convincing in my opinion... 
Don’t support the pet trade. Adopt only. 

POACHERS IN SOUTH FLORIDA?

Call 954-538-3644 to report suspicious activity or vendors.

South Florida bird advocates are seeking the public’s assistance in protecting vulnerable hatchlings from being snatched from nests and sold as pets.

Shawn Denton, director of public services in Pembroke Pines, says he’s seen about 20 palm trees in his town with gouge patterns. He suspects the gouges are from spiked footwear worn by human poachers as they shimmy up the trunks on the prowl for baby birds. It’s something he wants to prevent — especially during spring, when baby birds are hatching.

"We don’t want to disrupt the natural family life of the nesting birds," Denton says. "We don’t want see additional birds and juveniles going into the sales stream in the pet [market]."

That’s where he’d like to partner with the public. Many of the gouge-marked palm trees are in medians along busy roads. Usually, he says, legitimate landscaping projects involve workers in trucks with lift mechanisms. People climbing trees with ladders or belts harnessed to the trunk would be suspicious, he says. He asks that anyone who sees this type of activity report it by calling 954-538-3644. He adds that suspicious vendors or roadside bird sellers should also be reported. via [x]

EXPERTS WHO CONDEMN OUTDOOR CATS


The American Bird Conservancy is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of native birds throughout the America’s.
On the subject of (indoor/)outdoor cats ABC is strongly in support of indoor cats, for the well being of the cat but especially for the well being of the native birds they’ve dedicated themselves to protecting.

Clint and Irene Davy are wildlife rehabilitators with over 25 years worth of experience. They operate the Gibsons Wildlife Rehab Center on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada.

On the subject of (indoor/)outdoor cats the Davy’s ask that cat owners keep their cats indoors not only for the cat but due to the extensive amount of wildlife brought to their center as the result of domestic cat attacks.
Eric Barchas is a veterinarian in the San Francisco Bay Area and currently writes for the Ask A Vetcolumn on the website Catster. He’s also studied lion in Botwana and salmon in southern Chile, which isn’t relevant but is still pretty cool.

On the subject of (indoor/)outdoor cats Barchas believes letting a cat outdoors is absolutely not acceptable ever unless there is literally no other option than to put the cat down.


Jackson Galaxy is a cat behaviorist with over 15 years worth of experience. He is the host of My Cat From Hell in addition to working on Think Like A Cat and Cats 101 as the cat behavior expert. He currently serves as a board member for Stray Cat Alliance, Fix Nation, and Neighborhood Cats and co-founded the website Little Big Cat with Dr. Jean Hofve.
On the subject of (indoor/)outdoor cats Galaxy believes that while outdoor cats would be ideal in a perfect world he can not agree to putting a cat at risk for predation or being struck by a car, he instead is a strong advocate of catios.

Jean Hofve is a holistic veterinarian with 20 years worth of experience in both conventional and alternative veterinary medicine and has co-authored the award winning book The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care: An Illustrated Handbook with nutritionist Celeste Yarnall, she also co-founded the website Little Big Cat with behaviorist Jackson Galaxy.

On the subject of (indoor/)outdoor cats Hofve has published an article on her shared website encouraging the ownership of indoor cats, also readily available on this site is an articlediscussing the possibility of safe outdoor time for your cat.

Pam Johnson-Bennett is a cat behaviorist not only certified with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants but founded it’s cat division and served as it’s chair for 8 years. She has also worked with the Winn Feline Foundation and is currently involved with the American Humane Association and Tree House Humane Society. She has authored numerous books and stars on the international hit show Psycho Kitty.

On the subject of (indoor/)outdoor cats Bennett has published an article on her website encouraging the ownership of indoor cats, also readily available on her site is an article on bringing your outdoor cat in and leash training your indoor cat.

Social Experiement | F*ck The Poor

Forgive the vulgarity, but there's an excellent point to be made.


This is my absolute favorite social experiment. People will offer their opinion because it costs them nothing - but to make a legitimate effort that makes change, everyone's suddenly quiet. Not even an encouraging word.

Get off your butt and make a difference. Be it with the poor, the hungry, the needy - human or animal. VOLUNTEER! It helps your heart as it helps others. 

Even with my social anxiety, volunteering has become great therapy. It can be very tough to take the first step, but here's a good time to force yourself. The world is hurting and needs compassionate people to do more than only bark opinions.