I was reading a discussion on responsible breeding of parrots and how some breeders are very careful in who they sell their babies to. It also went on to say how much they love those babies and how careful some are in screening possible owners. As I look around at the thousands and thousands of homeless birds in rescues and sanctuaries, I have to wonder how anyone can ever argue that there is such a thing as responsible breeding? You can ask all the questions you want of possible buyers but these parrots live long lives and lets face it the longevity of these birds far exceeds what most people are willing or able to commit to. Even with the very best of intentions…lives change, circumstances change, people die, grow up, move, have financial changes….the list goes on and on. No matter what kind of questions are asked prior to purchasing a bird, the bottom line is that there is no way of telling if that person will truly keep that bird forever and in fact it is almost impossible to expect it will happen. How many birds have lost their owners due to them dying. It is a harsh fact of life and happens frequently. The rescues are crowded now and with each passing year it seems they are taking in more and more birds. I know it would be impossible to find out the beginnings of each of these birds, however they were all bred somewhere. I highly doubt only the “irresponsible” breeders are the ones to blame for the overpopulation crisis. The simple fact is that birds live very long lives and while many people have the very best of intentions when they purchase a bird….more than likely that bird…no matter how loved it once was…will end up being rehomed at some point in its life.
Now I am not so naive as to think that breeding will ever end. Sadly I am sure it wont due to the fact that it is a very profitable business. Breeding is never done for the love of these precious Angels. If a breeder loved these babies so much…they would never send another precious Angel out there on a journey that will most likely end up in heartbreak for them. The only responsible breeding is done through conservation and not for profit.
I cannot stop breeding, or it would have been done! However I will continue to Educate, Share and Pray for these Angels each and every day of my life. I implore you to do the same.
Some Say we can’t save them all….I say WE can Try!
“A time comes when silence is betrayal.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1967