I try to stay out of the drama in the Avian Community so that I can focus purely on the sake of what is best for the birds. Sharing proper avian care and promoting the groups and rescues that are out there trying to help make a difference. My beliefs in the proper care of Parrots is clear and while I will not pretend to have all of the answers, I also know clearly what is acceptable and what is not! I will not support or defend a rescue or person that has shown they have little or no regard for what is best for the birds in their care. Not saying that one has to be perfect, but at least trying to do their best and open about the situations that need fixing in order to provide the very best for the birds they are rescuing. Sadly there are those who claim to be doing the work of “saviors” and all the while their intentions are less than admirable. To these people I can only pray that the birds in your care are not suffering due to your own inflated egos.
Those of us in the Avian World should have only one focus and that is what is best for the Feathered ones! Our focus should be on those who are quietly and diligently working to promote and care for all the homeless parrots. The ones who are not in this for glory and their hearts are committed to making a better life for the feathered ones that are discarded. Legitimate Rescues do not need to defend themselves because everything is in the open and legal. They are open to suggestions and ideas. The birds are in clean, safe disease free environments with the proper protection from the elements. They feed proper diets and provide vetting on all birds. The birds get flight time, playtime, have toys and constant supervision. They have backup plans in case of emergency. They have the finances to fund and care for all of the birds they take in. They might need occasional help with an unexpected vet bill, but they do not constantly take in more birds and then continually ask others to help fund their care.
What I have seen most recently is so disturbing, is this who we want to be viewed as? Is this going to help the birds who need us so desperately??? Take a step back and think about how this looks to those we are trying to accept and understand the Unwanted Parrot Crisis! While I also believe that bad rescues should be exposed and closed down, it needs to be done in a proper manner. Legal steps taken and done so quietly. No I am not saying that we pretend to be accepting of places that are run poorly, but we also do not have to be ugly and childish. This does nothing to help the Parrots who are depending on us!
In the last few days I have seen some who have stooped lower than I thought was possible. I have seen people using the deaths of children as a way to attack a parent from the opposing side. I have seen foul names slurred so casually that it made me wonder about the ethics of these people and how they talk in front of the birds in their care. I have seen people making fun of others with handicaps and making sexual slurs. I have seen religion being used as a weapon. I have seen some ugly comments about age, lack of beauty and many more things that has nothing to do with caring for birds…..seriously? If these people care so very little about humans and their feelings, what kind of regard do they have for the birds that they are supposedly caring for and cannot speak for themselves??? When I see people who are behaving in such an ignorant manner and hurting anyone who questions them….then I truly have to question their own integrity and what they are hiding. One can only wonder about their ability to show love and kindness to the birds. I beg of you to not allow this type of behavior to continue or grow. Ignore those who behave this way. Don’t allow their hatred to be spread. When people are busy spreading harmful things about others…it most likely is to distract from their own short comings or improper conduct. Truly makes me wonder about the skeletons in their own closets. I personally will not associate myself with these types. I will not have them as my friends or allow their vile attacks to be part of my life. Sadly I have seen some… but I know there is a lot more that thankfully I did not have to witness. What I did see was enough to make my heart ache. I am here to fight the good fight for the birds, this type of behavior will only harm our chances of making a change for them. Is this what you want to be part of?
Not sure who to believe??? If someone is using foul language and name calling, is that really someone you wish to be associated with? If someone is posting harmful photos of another, is that really someone you wish to be associated with? If someone is wishing death on another person, is that really someone you wish to be associated with? If someone would use the death of a child to hurt someone, is that someone you wish to be associated with? If someone is making fun of those with mental or physical handicaps, is that someone you wish to be associated with? And take a look at the supporters of these people, the ones laughing at these harmful things being done, what kind of people are they? These are people who are professing to love and care about birds…how can that be true if such ugliness is coming out of them??? But in all honesty, there shouldn’t even be a question. A good rescue is not going to get themselves involved in such things, they have far better things to be worrying about and taking care of the feathered ones is their prime goal and concern.
“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr.
Please don’t misunderstand, we MUST all defend what is right and not be afraid to take a stand! I just believe that there are proper channels to go through and we can still be dignified and keep our integrity. Don’t allow yourself to be drug down to the levels of these horrible people, or you are no better than them.
I decided to keep names out of this post, simply because that will NOT help the issue and once again only further hurt the cause that we ALL should be focusing on. I also refuse to give any credibility to those who are out there wasting time, spreading lies and hurting people.
Because in the end….Who Pays the Price???
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