Parrots in peril by Mira Tweti FOR THE NEWS TRIBUNE
DREW PERINE/THE NEWS TRIBUNE
Light through cage wires silhouettes a parrot at Martha Scudder’s Parrot Depot in Roy. The breeding operation has sparked complaints to the Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County, as well as to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Officials who’ve visited the facility say it fails to meet humane care standards.
At Martha Scudder’s Parrot Depot in Roy, hundreds of parrots, including many endangered species, have lived in cold, wet, filthy conditions for years, according to eyewitness accounts, experts, deposed testimony and scores of post-mortem reports.
The people and documents indicate Scudder’s has neglected hundreds, and possibly thousands, of parrots over its 25-year history. A veterinarian working with the Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County called the 5-acre farm on 332nd Street South a “concentration camp” for birds.
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