Bird-trapping - what about the welfare issue

Subject: Bird-trapping - what about the welfare issue
From: (Shane Raidal)
Date: Wed, 20 Nov 1996 17:35:14 +0800
A very important reason why we should not export wild-trapped birds is the 
welfare of the birds.  In fact I don't know how licensed trappers continue 
to work in Australia given the strength of the welfare lobby for farm and 
companion animals.  For example cockatoo trappers catch huge numbers of 
birds which are placed in relatively small and unhygienic holding pens which 
facilitate spread of disease. Some of them are injured by the capture 
process.  The birds become stressed, are transported usually to a pet shop 
which has similar poor disease control and then they are sold to a public 
that really doesn't have a clue about correct nutrition or husbandry.  Us 
vets see the final product .... a thin cockatoo with chlamydiosis, parasites 
and psittacine beak and feather disease.  People have been fined and jailed 
for lesser cruelty to pups or kittens.   

Trapping is also a huge disincentive for those genuine aviculturists who 
want to breed birds and sell them as pets. After all is said this is what 
the public really wants. 

Dr Shane Raidal BVSc PhD MACVSc (Avian Health)
Lecturer in Veterinary Pathology
School of Veterinary Studies                
Murdoch University                 phone:  +61 9 360 2418
Perth,WA, 6150                            fax:  +61 9 310 4144  

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