At What Price?

I am seeing an increase of those who are purchasing birds off of internet sales, and this has me very concerned. Not only are individuals doing this, but now those in rescues are also getting involved? The same people who have been saying that birds should not be purchased ever, are now doing exactly what they have said shouldn’t be done??? At what price are these birds truly being purchased for? And no I am not referring to the actual dollar amounts.  Are we “saving” one so that only others will be following them tomorrow? That is exactly what happens a huge percentage of the time! So once again, who is truly paying the price for these birds…sadly it is all the babies that are being bred and born and sold and resold again. This has to stop! We cannot claim to be rescuing birds, if we are paying a ransom to the same people who are breeding and selling them for a profit!

Houdini

If those in rescue are going this route, what does it tell the general populace? Isn’t this an exact contradiction to what we have been teaching? I keep reading the same excuses…..I couldn’t find a bird that I wanted in a rescue, there are no rescues near me or buying off of these ads is saving them….PLEASE just Stop! All Excuses!!!! We can keep on fabricating why we are doing this and come up with excuses and reasons, but the truth is….If you are in Rescue…you do NOT purchase birds. I get messages weekly from folks asking me to take in their birds for free…and I am not even running a  rescue.  What about all the birds already in rescues? What about the ones who have been waiting and in need of a home? How on earth is this helping? If “we” who are in rescue, now take the stance that it is ok to “purchase” a bird…where will the line be drawn? How will the general population know when and where it is ok to purchase and not to purchase. We are creating a huge grey area, in which we are completely contradicting the values we have been trying to teach for so long. Those who are not as close to the issues, will just see this as another excuse to make purchasing a bird ok. I can see it now, “well I am buying this bird from a pet store…because I am saving it” or ” it is ok to purchase off of ads because so and so does it and they are a rescue group” or ” I wanted a specific species, so it is ok to buy it since I can’t find one in a rescue”…….Get the picture?

Clemmie plucked by a mate in captivity

Handing over money to purchase a bird…is never a good idea. There may be some rare cases where the seller may not buy more birds to replace the one purchased, but nine times out of ten, that precious bird will be replaced with another and another. Plus there is the fact that if birds are not easily sold, then they won’t be bred in abundance any longer. This is what we NEED to happen. I am not so blind that I think breeding will end, but for the love of these precious angels…please please please STOP purchasing birds! You are hurting the very cause that we have been working so hard on stopping! If there are less dollars going for the selling of birds…there will be less breeding!

Andy outside getting some vitamin D

If this trait continues and we see the Rescues filling up with “purchased” birds…where will all the ones being surrendered go to? The Rescues are already so full and it is getting worse everyday. Where will all the babies go to when there just isn’t anymore room? Running a Rescue is very costly. The vetting, food and toy bills are astronomical already. Plus many need new cages upon arrival.  Now add-on the purchasing of birds and where does that leave them? I personally will not donate dollars to a rescue that is purchasing birds.

A Less Than Perfect Bird

I also want to mention that in no way is an adoption fee the same as purchasing a bird.The adoption fees are small compared to what is actually spent on each bird. Reputable rescues take every bird upon relinquishment directly to the vets. Then depending on their needs, some have many many costly visits just to get healthy.  Thousands can easily be spent on a bird in a very short amount of time and rescues only recoup a very small portion of this through their adoption fees. Where do you think all of those extra dollars come from? I will tell you, it comes from their own pockets, or folks who help with donations and fund-raisers. Reputable Rescues are NOT making any money off of these babies, in fact quite the opposite. They do this for their love of these precious ones. These babies are not cheap to care for properly. Most adoption fees wont even cover the initial vet fees. You also will have the a bird that you know the health conditions and full records so that their care can be continued properly.

Noelle healing begins

I am not heartless, those kind of ads break my heart as well. But I took a stand a long time ago that I would not put another single dollar into the hands of a breeder or anyone in the pet trade industry and I plan on keeping that promise. I will never again line the pockets of anyone making a buck off of these precious Angels! I will NEVER look into the eyes of my own babies and have to feel that I helped to further their plight! Is it easy to walk away….I cannot even begin to express how many tears I have shed over a bird in a bad situation. However I love them enough to do what is right to save more in the long run! We have rescues full of birds in need now. They I will support and do whatever I can to help get them the dollars needed to care for the birds already there.

31 Macaws Project Perry

I also am very aware of how unpopular this article will make me with some, but I don’t care! My only concern is always going to be “For the Birds”. I don’t need to be popular, I just have to be able to look my own Angels in their eyes and let them know that I am going to continue to fight for them and all the others who are out there waiting for their voice to be heard! So for the love of these babies, please stay off of those horrible pet selling pages!

Her Eyes are Homes to Silent Prayers

If you are going to be a “Voice for the Birds”…then at least have the decency to speak the Truth for them!

“Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.”

W. Clement Stone

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5 thoughts on “At What Price?

  1. Dear Deborah,
    Thank you so much for stating your very correct stance so succinctly and so well. Everything you wrote was true, but many times it’s easy to overlook the hard truths we should face, especially when it’s so easy to do the “feel-good” thing and pretend it’s the “right” thing to do.
    I admire your courage and applaud your devotion to your feathered, (and unfeathered,) charges and hope you continue to stand your ground for the birds. I only wish I could help, at least in some small way.
    I have very limited funds and have a few animal welfare groups I try to contribute to, but would be happy to add yours to the list. Please e-mail me with details at henshaven@hughes.net. As you can see by my e-mail, I am enamored more with the galliformes than the ptittascines, but love anything with an avian hertiage.
    Thank you again on behalf of the birds, as I’m sure you can never hear the words “thank you,” often enough.
    Yours in the Fancy,
    Sandy

    • The very best thing we can do to help, is completely free! We can share avian education wherever possible. We are their Voice 🙂 I welcome any and all help in this always!

      • Talking is one area in which I excell, so I will be glad to help spread the word! I’ve shared your previous post on my Facebook page as well, and have a few bird friendly folks who visit from time to time. Hopefully, the birds may gain a few more fans, and more fans can easily tranlate into more advocates.
        Keep up the great work, and again, thank you. From the birds.

  2. D pet store from where I regularly buy my toys nd bird food…had a pair of cockatiel 4 sale …nd they were in a cage already folled wid ginches budgies nd african love birds. ..d cockatiels had blood stains on thier feather….I couldnt stand it there was no way that I could reacue it so I told one of my friend 2 buy it….was this wrong????? Or I should hav let those angels die in that crappy cage ????

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