"I take good care of my bird. It's ok for birds to be pets." If you don't volunteer with bird rescue. You have no say.
I devote my life to it. I devote my finances to it. I work 40 hours a week as a graphic designer, I take my off-days to go to adoption events and the museum to educate. I'm making info graphics. I'm trying to make things to sell to pay for vet bills of birds that aren't even my own.
I'm not trying to be a peacock, but I'm explaining how serious I am about the need to educate to save these babies from heart break.
This is the life I choose to live because of all the uninformed people out there. Bird rescuers exhaust themselves cleaning up the mess of those who think it's "ethical" to keep birds as pets.
Did you know birds can FLY!? Imagine that. Now imagine if you could fly and were sentenced to a life living on house arrest.
Doing rescue for over 5 years, I've learned that the same that applies for dogs and cats should apply to birds. Adopt. Don't shop, with the added, "Support Conservation".
All that money you blow on keeping a parrot would be better blown on efforts to help keep wild animals wild, perhaps support ecotourism.
Parrots are wild animals just as tigers, monkeys, and the like. They were not domesticated over 1000s of years, and truth be told, look how we treat those that were (dogs and cats).
Rescuers get the, "I used to have a bird..." stories.
- "Oops, my daughter starved her budgie."
- "Oops, it flew out the window."
- "Oops, it flew into a bucket of water and drowned."
- "Oops, it flew into a pot of boiling water, help. I don't have money to take it to the vet. Oh whatever, it was a 20$ bird anyway."
- "Oops, my lover got mad that my macaw bit me and threw it against the wall, breaking their upper beak off"
- "Opps, my dog/cat killed my bird."
If you don't actively participate in bird rescue, you don't have enough experience with birds to know what you're talking about when it comes to ethics.
No, don't set companion birds free. Just don't buy them from breeders anymore.
The act of breeding birds is cruel. Yes, there are bird mills. Yes, you break the heart of the parents when you take their baby away, causing them to want to produce more in an endless cycle of cruelty.
No matter how well we treat them in our homes, it could never compare to a life in the wild with their families. *drops mic*