I’ve been into birds for a long time. So it came as a very pleasant surprise to me when I came across a reference of the National Bird Day celebration coming up on January 5th. What a cool idea! What better way to show and educate people on how to care for their birds, and become aware of the different types of pets available and products that are sold.
Wow, what a disappointment! This thing is the complete opposite. This whole thing is being coordinated by the API and AWC, both of which are PETA wanna-be’s trying to end the entire bird pet trade! By carefully disguising this celebration as some sort of education packed date, it’s nothing but a recruitment drive to get members to join their group.
WHO ARE THESE GUYS?
The Animal Protection Institute (API), and the Avian Welfare Coalition (AWC) have only one agenda. Their goal is to completely stop the breeding and sale of pet birds, and thereby preventing you from owning one. They are totally against the sale, trade, or use of birds as pets.
To accomplish this, they hide behind the arguments that pet stores abuse birds and do not know how to care for them. They point out mass bird farms designed to breed birds for the purpose of pet store chains. They point out the poor conditions these birds live in.
But while they cast out this huge net, they are also punishing bird breeders who love their hobby and their birds. They also penalize the pet owner, accusing them of being barbarians, for the “displacement and suffering of captive birds” by keeping them in cages throughout their lives, and “not contributing to the viable preservation of the species”.
They are labeling me, a bird breeder, and everyone like me as evil! This is nothing but nonsense!
I think that the National Bird Day needs to be taken away from these activists. For starters, there already is a “Bird Day” celebration that has been held every year since 1894, which happens every May 4th. But since this day was designed to “recognize, appreciate, and enjoy birds”, it does not fit into their militant agenda. Therefore, they set January 5th for their day of protest.
I think it’s very important that you, the bird hobbyist, the bird owner, the bird breeder, and BIRD LOVER need to also get your voice heard.
How many endangered species of birds have been brought back from near-extinction due to the efforts of bird breeders? How many birds have been saved by the efforts of bird lovers who oversee even the wild bird population?
Is it fair to you, the bird owner, to be lumped in with a very small group of irresponsible bird breeders and subsequently be punished by having your bird taken away from you? That is, after all, the goal of these two groups.
Therefore, everyone needs to join Sapphyre and I in celebrating National Bird Day on January 5th….but for the RIGHT reasons, by educate people about pet birds and how to care for them.
We certainly do not condone the way some breeders raise their birds. But to allow these two groups to pass laws similar to those that were passed in California, which virtually prevents the breeding of birds altogether, is simply wrong. We need to speak up and use our influence to change the agenda of these two groups. Or at the very least, let people know these groups do NOT speak for the vast majority of bird owners in this country.
You don’t solve the problem by destroying an entire pet trade! Do you seriously think that will stop the abuse? Has any of the thousands of laws pass in this country prevented the abuse of dogs and cats? Wouldn’t taking all of this time, money, and energy and using it to educate bird owners be a better way to go?
So go ahead and celebrate National Bird day…but do it for the right reasons. If bird owners do not take a stand now, you will certainly pay for it in the future.
- Attending a Bird Show
- Join a Bird Club
- Sharing a Bird Cage
- The Two Minute Guide To Owning a Bird
- Are You Looking To Buy Unweaned Birds?