National Bird Day – January 5th
Each year, millions of birds are captured from the wild or produced in captivity for commercial profit or human amusement, only to languish in conditions that fail to meet the instinctive behavioral and physical needs of these wild animals.
Birds are More Beautiful Wild.
The Avian Welfare Coalition’s National Bird Day campaign aims to reduce the suffering of birds by raising public awareness of the destructive bird trade, the realities of cruel bird breeding mills, and ways to improve the welfare of birds already in captivity.
Wild at Heart: Birds in Captivity
Even when bred in captivity, exotic birds are not considered domesticated animals. They are the native species of other countries and all of their inherent behavioral and physical needs remain intact. Sadly, when it comes to birds, deprivation of their natural behaviors (to fly and flock, for example) is an inescapable component of their captivity.
Confinement in cages can lead to neurotic behavior, excessive screaming, feather plucking, self-mutilation, and other destructive habits. Very few people are capable of meeting the special needs of captive exotic birds.
Exotic bird sanctuaries across the country are overwhelmed with hundreds of unwanted and abused birds in need of rescue and life-long homes, while thousands more languish deprived and ignored in their cages because their “owners” have lost interest in them. Others are simply released to fend for themselves; most of these birds will perish.
Meanwhile, pet stores and breeders across the United States continue to treat birds like merchandise, peddling them into the pet trade.
Read more about captive birds here: http://www.avianwelfare.org/issues/pets.htm
Read more about bird mills and bird sales here: http://www.avianwelfare.org/issues/marketing.htm