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...