Day 2: Something you feel strongly about: Bird Swearing
Whew. Okay, this is a tough one, because I feel strongly about lots of things. Too many things, really.
My first thought was to go into the anti-Apple issues I have, as mentioned yesterday in Day 1. But really, who cares?
(Okay, one thing: We seem to have lost the entire POINT of the government, which is to do the things that private citizens cannot accomplish alone. This is a purely non partisan, historically factual statement. There, that’s all. Zipping it now.)
I ran through a number of other issues, and kept coming to this one: Bird swearing.
Likely it’s not something you’ve given much thought to. It drives me BATS.
If you to to youtube and search for “swearing parrot,” you’ll get pages and pages and pages of results. I refuse to link to any, but if you want to check it out, feel free. I’ll wait.*
“So what’s the problem?” you ask. “Yeah, it’s juvenile, but so what?”
Deep breath as I try to contain my crazy bird lady.
Okay, larger parrots live for 70+ years. The majority of birds- even those in the best families- will have to be rehomed at some point, sometimes because they outlive their humans, but much more often because the human’s situation changes to the point where they can no longer care for the bird…or the human just got bored.
Note that most of these profane parrots are owned by young people. Consider how quickly young people get bored. How often their lives change and they can’t keep their pet “baggage.”
So when the bird needs to find a new home, how likely is it that a stable family, perhaps with kids or more delicate sensibilities, is going to want “Ruby the X rated parrot” in their living room?
Animal shelters can not care for these birds, and the bird rescues out there are already filled to the brim, particularly with medium to large birds. It is expensive to care for them, and already difficult to find well-mannered birds homes.
When you know that there is a very good likelihood that your bird is going to need to find a new family at some point at his life (through no fault of his own) and that you’ve intentionally taught him things that will make him undesirable (again: no fault of his own) and may, at some point, literally endanger his life so you could show your friends what a
jackass cool dude you are…it’s reprehensible.
It makes me want to toss you in with those sharks and their frickin’ laser beams.
So, yes: I feel strongly about this one.
*Don’t bother leaving comments on those pages, btw. They FEED off those comments and it does no good.