My Planet. My Part: Exotic Birds, the Black Market/Pet Mills, & Forsaken Pets
Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always adored birds -- especially parrots. When I was little I chose a green and yellow parakeet from the local mall’s pet shop to be my best friend, and named her Cynthia. I taught that little bird everything! I taught her to step up on my finger, and even how to fly back and forth between my younger brother and myself. She loved preening me, and I loved giving her skritches in return. However, I did not know any better at the time that Cynthia would not live the life expectancy of a normal parakeet. This was due to the fact of her origins -- a pet mill. She lived a short, but happy three years with us.
The black market and pet mills are especially dangerous for exotic birds due to their methods in capturing birds, and smuggling them to various parts of the world. One recent example of this was an article that came out last year of a hawker bust attempting to sell cockatoos transported in soda bottles (http://goo.gl/x4jd67
). Other ways that exotic birds are taken for granted are by simply abandoning them in a house, or putting them in cages/containers that are not big enough for them. This NY Times article goes into the details of PTSD in exotic birds, and how war veterans and these birds go through their healing process together: http://goo.gl/VGyGB8
This Earth Day, I would like to bring attention to animal conservation around the world. Our animal friends are very much an important part of the earth, and we should do our part to make sure we don’t take advantage of them. I actively do my part by volunteering for a non-profit organization called Nubs. Their mission is to promote resiliency in children through the inspirational stories of rescued animals who have bravely given life a second chance. We believe that every child should know they are deserving of a happy life, and that they are strong enough to keep moving forward -- just like Nubs! (http://www.houseofnubs.org/
I’d like to end this post on a more colorful note by sharing +Chwee Hock Low
’s Collection entitled My Feathered Friends
). It’s a beautiful display of just how diverse our “modern dinosaur” friends can look, and their unique moments in the wilderness.
Every animal friend deserves a chance at a wholesome, fulfilling life. We should do our best to reduce the endangerment risk of exotic birds. Adopt birds who are looking for a second chance at living in a “forever home”. If you have a feathered friend, give them a little skritch on my behalf!
We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. This year we are celebrating Earth Day with this small, symbolic art project with the theme: Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part