Captive native birds
Penelope Drake-Brockman <>
Thu, 6 Jun 2002 16:54:19 -0700 (PDT)
Regarding Belinda Johnstone's defence of captive
birds, what might be more relevant tban making it very
expensive to keep birds, particularly the endangered
and long-lived parrots and cockatoos, would be
controls on how they are kept. One still sees
Sulphur-crested Cockatoos (for instance) kept in small
cages in which they cannot even stretch their wings.
This for a bird that may live for 60 or more years
seems to me to be the height of cruelty and should be
prevented. And what happens to such a bird when its
"adoring" owner dies?
Education is one the answers and continued protection
of the wild birds against poaching and destruction of
breeding trees. And let us have less of the sort of
thing that was in the Sydney Morning Herald yesterday
appealing to the "bambi" public. Poor cockies,
deprived of company of their own kind and having to
make do with a human!
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