'Birds are extremely intelligent with high level psychological and physical requirements. They must be treated respectfully and with empathy by their carers'.
On the Sat 25 May 2014, I witnessed shocking images of physically and psychologically traumatised birds at a Bird Sales event organised by the Mornington Peninsula Aviculture Society and their members and authorised by the Victorian Aviculture Council, in Melbourne Australia.
Anyone who wants to join me is welcome.
It is unacceptable that the Australian public and Australian governments permit such low and abusive welfare standards to exist in our country.
It is unacceptable that the Australian state departments pass on the responsibility of bird welfare codes to be created by the Bird groups and bird breeders- when the obvious conflict of interest leave the bird sellers 'treating birds as they please.' It is unacceptable that the Bird Groups, pet shops, private sellers, bird breeders and bird associations be permitted to be involved in any way with birds after the low welfare standards they impose upon companion birds, that are highly intelligent.
I am openly against breeding-and I will never apologize for this- there are enough birds in Australia that require adoption, as breeders admit to 'selling off' birds if a bird does not breed for them. Plus birds should not be treated as dogs are in the puppy mill industry.
Yes, Australia has a Bird Mill industry too- and a very dirty, abusive and money-making one.
I find it unacceptable and embarrassing for bird breeders and sellers that they resort to breeding birds and then removing the eggs or selling birds as babies, just to make a few thousand dollars.....or millions- money to pay off their home mortgages, children's education and trips.
I have raised my concerns via email to major bird product companies, bird associations, veterinarians and others and no one has the courtesy or self-dignity to respond to my concerns or to work with me on educating the sellers and the public on higher bird welfare standards.
It seems that money is once again leading the way- at the expense of traumatising birds.
So, stay tuned for more updates on the traumatic and desperate plight of Australian companion birds, suffering in our backyard...or in yours.......
Paris Yves Bird Behaviourist, Educator, Campaign Director, Bird Intuitive Let Companion Birds Fly
Melbourne 0413 530 419 PLEASE WATCH VIDEO BELOW CALLED "LORIE'S DREAM'