Gender: Male Pod: N/A Place of Capture: N/A Date of Capture: September 2013 Age at Capture: Approx. 8 years Current Location: Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, China
Sometime in September 2013, a group of about 3 Orca were captured. They were transferred to the Adaptation Center in Livadia near Nakhodka, Russia where they met Narnia, a female captured in 2012.
The new captives refused to eat, but were eventually coaxed into it when Narnia began offering them her fish. Narnia remained with the new whales until she and a young male were transferred to the Moscow Dolphinarium & Aquarium in December 2013.
In January of 2014, the 8 year old male was transferred to Chimelong Ocean Kingdom in China with an 4 year old female.
Today, this male is reported to still be at Chimelong with 3 other Orca, but no other information has been made public, nor are the whales on public display.
Captured juvenile orca too traumatized to swim (x)
What you see here is footage of a juvenile orca who was just captured from the wild. The orca is so traumatized and disorientated that it can’t even swim, it just rolls over onto it’s side.
This is how marine parks gets their orcas. This is what you support when you support marine parks.
“But it doesn’t happen anymore!”
Yes, it does. It’s currently happening in Russia. The Russians have seen how orcas can make them millions of dollars by watching corporations such as Seaworld and now they want in on the action it too. Not to mention that most marine parks which holds orcas still have wild caught orcas in their possesion. Wild caught orcas who all went through what you see in the gifs above.
As long as there is a demand to see these animals in captivity they will continue to be caught. So stop creating a demand by going to these parks.
Today we mourn the loss of a great actor and a wonderful person.
Robin Williams wasn’t only a terrific actor and comedian, he was also a voice for the voiceless. He was featured in the “My Friend” PSA that discussed the plight of captive dolphins and the Taiji slaughter. He is also in the 1994 show “In The Wild With Robin Willams—Dolphins” where he examines the communication and intelligence of dolphins (He does visit a captive facility in the documentary but this was prior to The Cove and the PSA; one can only assume he was unaware of captivity’s pitfalls during this time)
More recently, he represented Orca Network and the Free Lolita movement in the BiLLe Celebrity Challenge; he won, and Orca Network received €25,000.
Rest in peace, Robin Williams. The world is a little less bright without you.
You’re against fur but not meat? Captivity but not artificial insemination? Hunting but not cutting off tails/ears etc?? Get out of my face. Like you’re only against those things because it takes no effort for you to avoid them.
Exclusive: Three Former Employees Reveal The Shocking Realities Of SeaWorld’s Dolphin Feeding Pools
Krissy Dodge: We weren’t allowed to give guests the animals’ names because if one died they don’t want any guests asking any questions. We were told if a guest asks you about a specific animal that died the joke was “tell them they went to Ohio [where SeaWorld used to have a park].” We said the animals are happy here. They get the best fish. The whole thing. We would say the life expectancy here is a lot longer than it is in the wild.
Cynthia Payne: What I remember most about the dolphin pools was that there was nowhere for those animals to go to get away from one another. The center island [of the original SeaWorld Florida dolphin feeding pool; now the nursery pool] took about 30 percent of the pool, so it wasn’t much larger than a swimming pool and there was nowhere for those animals to go. And every single person would have their hands on them and try to pet them on their blowholes. My spiel was “Please stop reaching for their blowholes.” The dolphins would hate it. There was no peace for any of those animals anywhere. The majority of their feed came from these feeder booths [where guests would pay for a plate of fish to feed the dolphins that came up to them]. A lot of their food came from the public. What a completely stressful situation. The only way to get fed is to let strangers touch you left and right.
Krissy Dodge: The night before a big event or a big park day, such as the 4th of July, they would say ‘don’t give [the dolphins] as much food because tomorrow we want them to be hungry and we want them to eat from the guests.’ People didn’t realize that they shouldn’t hold the tray [of fish] over the water. One of the dolphins while I was there figured out that if the kids held out the tray he could take the whole tray instead of just getting one fish. So within a matter of minutes all the other dolphins learned the same thing. They would go up to the guests and grab the whole tray right out of their hand. During this time one of the dolphins grabbed onto a child’s hand, and raked [i.e. gouged the skin with its teeth] the whole hand. I was the one that had to talk to the parents and go to management.
In the end the parents were soothed. They were given free park passes. They had one of the Animal Care staff get inside the wall and walk around [the pool] to tell people over and over and over not to put the tray over the pool. For the dolphins it was something new in their environment that we were walking along the pool ledge. They would come up to us and bite our ankles and grab onto our ankles. It hurt, but we weren’t allowed to show any reaction because then the dolphins would get a kick out of it and keep doing it. We’d have guests ask, ‘Does that hurt?’ and we’d say 'Oh no, it’s not bad at all. They are just playing.’ When really, it hurt pretty bad. Enough to let you know, 'I could really hurt you if I wanted.’
Taking care of a large group of often untrained dolphins presented some interesting Animal Care issues. The need to take regular blood samples, and to weigh the dolphins, among other routine husbandry practices, was particularly challenging.
Jim Horton: [Before Key West] SeaWorld had a smaller feeding pool. It was a long oval pool with a big island in middle. We had to go in there twice a year and catch every dolphin. And do a physical. The physicals were hard. We would basically drain the pool, about knee deep. [It had] somewhere around 20 dolphins. And we’d have a net or a couple of nets and we would single [the dolphins] out one by one and jump on them. The dolphins never went after us. Some would put up a fight, some wouldn’t. It was very random, but you knew who would struggle and who wouldn’t … usually. This was based on age, sex and personality. Some didn’t care, to some it was a game, some were unaccustomed to it. Two to four-year olds would always thrash around requiring at least four people to restrain, Older males and females were mellow, even Ralph [a more aggressive male dolphin]. But for human safety, there was a minimum of 4 to 6 guys required to hold the animals stable, and a few animals required as many people as possible. The standard was 2 guys at the head, 2 at the dorsal and 2 on the tail, one guy driving the crane [suspending the stretcher], one guy directing the crane and 2 guys to spread the stretcher from each end.
A highly fractious animal would require us to lock our bodies together with additional staff. Sometimes, we did not have enough people and just did the best we could with what we had. There was always a vet or two on hand and a supervisor calling the shots, but we became a well-oiled machine over time and just a look in your eye to your team and we all knew when we were going to make our move. We got very good at what we were doing and we protected each other and prevented the animals from hurting themselves as well. We knew how certain ones liked to be held. Some animals, it appeared as if it were a game, just to see if they could throw us off, testing their testosterone, usually teenage males. We knew if the animal did throw us off, then he would repeat the attempt in the future, possibly causing injury to us or them, a learned behavior. The ones who were capable of doing it and had a history of getting away from us were the toughest. Some would wait until they felt the team relax just a little bit and then bust loose, sending bodies flying. But this rarely happened as we honed our skills. Occasionally we’d have to get a young calf whose Mom was still in the pool. Mom would do anything trying to get the calf away from us. I broke my nose once on [the vet’s] head. I had the calf. He was trying to stop the female from getting to me, and she whacked him. And he went flying and his head went right into my face and knocked me practically unconscious.
We did not mess with calves until they were one year old. But when we did at that age of one year and up, the little ones really put up a good fight as this was something new. So that generally took two to three guys. But then the mothers would come after us in attempts to dislodge the calf. A coordinated effort was required to grab both mother and calf at the same time and hold them very close together, face to face. We would handle only one animal at a time, unless it was a mom and calf. So it was always a battle in that pool and those animals weren’t really trained to do much. They did very little. This physical was only done twice a year, on a schedule. It was important to have baseline data (blood values) on each animal to determine possible infection if the animal was acting sick. Animals were also weighed in the stretcher to be certain that they were gaining or maintaining weight. Generally, it took about 12 staff minimum on these days, starting at first light. All of the animals were fed lots of food afterwards. By 10 a.m. and the first public feeding, you would never know that this had transpired based on the animals’ behavior. The weights varied from 100 to 700 pounds. Each weight was guessed by us, as the scale was calculating and we got very good at weight judgment. This became a very efficient tool when having to guess the medication dosage for a sick [wild] animal in the field where knowing the weight was very important to the veterinarian.
Krissy Dodge: [At SeaWorld Texas] every six months they would do what they called a 'dolphin rodeo.’ Those animals weren’t highly trained. Basically their job was to take fish from people, so they didn’t understand all the husbandry [behaviors], like giving a blood sample. So what they would do every six months is lower the water in the pool down to a foot or so. You have all these dolphins on the bottom of the pool and it was kind of a scary thing even though I think they were probably used to it. But they didn’t like it. And they would sort of flounder and start to panic. and it was our job to basically wrestle them and grab them. So one person was in charge of jumping on the animal, and the other was in charge of coming and grabbing the other side so that they are kind of restrained. And at that point they would be led over to a stretcher which was lowered down into the bottom of the pool. Once the animal was in the stretcher it would usually calm right down. But trying to get them to that point was just a crazy thing. I was thinking, 'Is this really happening?’
The Dolphin Rodeo was not the only challenge in managing Seaworld’s dolphin feeding pools. The feeding pools attract casual visitors as well as dedicated dolphin fans, who come out day after day and get to know all the dolphins. But not all guests behave well, which can makes Animal Care’s work around the dolphin pools difficult.
Jim Horton: We had groupies that would come out to that pool and they would be there all day. A handful of them. And the animals, after a while, would just flock to them because they recognize them, and they didn’t even need food. One of them we had to expel because he was fingering the female dolphins. And then licking his fingers. And the females were digging it. The groupies were a problem.
[Note: Other sources have told me about this same problem, how some of the dolphins would recognize groupies who liked to touch them sexually and swim up and roll over in anticipation of what was to come, and how difficult it was for Animal Care staff to detect and police this sort of guest behavior because much of it took place under the water and there was an understandable fear of falsely accusing a guest. SeaWorld was also contacted about this allegation, but they haven’t responded. ]
It was also impossible to keep the pools clear of objects, which the dolphins often ingested.
Jim Horton: People were throwing coins in the pools all the time. Idiots. We had one young one year old [dolphin] that turned white. And we thought it was some kind of genetic mutation. The animal died during the day. So we pulled him out and put him on a cart, spraying him with water and rubbing him down so it looked like he was still alive while we were going through park. What we found out was that the white dolphin had a stomach full of coins and rings and jewelry. Everything was perfectly shiny except the pennies. They were the only things that were dissolving.
After 1982, I think, they started making pennies out of zinc and coating them in copper. So it was zinc poisoning. The zinc killed the dolphin. We had another dolphin in there, a young calf, that ate four coffee cans of coins and jewelry. It took six months to get all the coins out of her stomach. There was really a unique invention by Dr. Walsh [a vet]. He was really brilliant. And what he did was he used an endoscope and he ran two plastic tubes along the length of the scope — hard plastic — and at the very end was a little net made out of panty hose. So we’d put a piece of PVC pipe, padded and foamed, inside the dolphins mouth, and he’d put the endoscope in, all the way into the stomach, and behind the pile of coins. [He’d] push on the plastic tubing and manipulate it so the net would extend and scoop. Then we’d retract it and pull the tube all the way out.
We’d do that for about an hour every few days until we finally cleaned that animal out. [It came to] $30-plus, and four completely full coffee cans. The animal’s stomach was completely full of coins. And sharp, pointy stuff, like name tags or brooches. How it did not perforate I have no idea. So then we used that technique on some of the other animals and basically cleaned them all out. They did a spiel before every feeding. Please do not drop anything. There were signs everywhere, but people would still do it. You’d go over to the alligator exhibit and you’d see the alligators cruising around with coins on their backs. People are idiots. It was also a problem with the walruses. We had to wrestle quite a few walruses, because they were impacted. You’d throw the net over them and you’re just hanging on and they are throwing you everywhere. I was part of several walrus surgeries. Baby pacifiers were big. There would be a wad of baby pacifiers and a bunch of paint chips from the pool, and stuff like that blocking the intestine.
After being shackled and abused for 50 years, Raju, an Asian elephant found in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, took his first steps of freedom in the early hours of July 4. And in response, he shed tears of joy.
“Raju was in chains 24 hours a day, an act of intolerable cruelty. The team were astounded to see tears roll down his face during the rescue,” Pooja Binepal, a spokeswoman for rescue organization Wildlife SOS, told the Mirror.
Junior was captured in Iceland in 1984 at age 2. Junior spent his first two years
post-capture in Saedyrasafnid, Iceland. At the end of 1986,
he went to Marineland of Ontario in Canada.
Marineland has a nasty little secret, which is a warehouse within their park.
Junior in his tiny tank in the warehouse.
They also house sea lions and seals in their warehouse.
Another tank in the warehouse at Marineland Canada. Phil Demers on Twitter.
small pools inside the warehouse to store animals that aren’t suitable
for display, animals that were for sale, or animals they just wanted to keep out of sight. Some sources say Keiko was
also kept inside this warehouse, as well as Kanduke (a transient bull
orca that died at SeaWorld) however, they were purchased by other parks.
Junior was not so “lucky” and because he was not a star performer, he stayed in the warehouse, with no sunlight, no fresh
air, no activity and no killer whale companion… until he eventually
died there, alone, in 1994, at the age of 10.
“They kept him for four years like that,
without normal stimulation and without sunlight,” says Cara Sands, just
out of film school in 1990 when she began filming Junior, which she did
periodically until his death in 1994. “When I first saw him, he was a
young whale, curious, spirited and following me around the pool.
“Near the end, he was lethargic, very beat up
and just floating. He faced the wall away from me and didn’t move his
dorsal fin. He just rolled over and opened his mouth. This whale was
completely broken, his spirit was gone.”
They also kept a “retired”
dolphin in the tank with him at one point, apparently (this is an opinion of other
animal rights activists) he was too ugly to be used in shows. Marineland
continuously denied Junior’s entire existence, and denies any
mistreatment of their animals. This is blatant animal
cruelty, and although this is an older story - marine parks have not
changed their mindset on these animals. If I’m not mistaken, a few of
the Russian orca that were captured in the last three years were kept in
a hidden “warehouse” tank, and are now in a marine park with no access
to sunlight, or fresh air. Junior’s story is just going to repeat itself with the continued support of cetacean captivity.
You do realize by banning the captivity of sea mammals , the ones that are unable to be returned to nature due to imprinting,injury ,etc are doomed to die... Good job buddy you totally "saved the whales"
You do realize that I’ve posted about a hundred times about how we’re not throwing them back in the ocean, right? Or did you miss that somewhere? They are not imprinted on people they’re not geese. NONE of them can be returned to the wild. NONE OF THEM. (Did you even read the text on the petition? The part where it says it is to ban captivity for /entertainment and performance/ purposes?)
1. Most of the orca currently in captivity have broken teeth which need to be cleaned daily or else they will get infections and die. And by broken teeth I mean, literally gone, some of these animals have almost no teeth left and are worn to the gums because they’ve chewed metal and concrete out of boredom and stress. The roots of their teeth have been drilled out. They CANNOT be released into the wild due to needing to now rely on human care.
2. The Cetaceans in captivity now mostly number in captive born animals who are almost all hybrids of ecotypes that do not mix in the wild.
Text and advice by Robert L. Pitman, illustration and design by Uko Gorter.
What you do not understand is that Orca are not all one species. At marine parks, like SeaWorld specifically, the orca are hybridized so much that they are not natural creatures anymore. Their hybrid types do NOT exist in the wild and even if they were in perfect health (which they are not) it would not be wise to release them. Not only that, there are a few that are also inbred.
3. Their social structures are abysmal. Orca learn from their families how to be orca, kinda like how humans learn how to be human from their families and other humans. Imagine you’ve lived in a room your whole life, with strangers who speak a different language. You can sort of communicate, gesture things out but largely you don’t understand anything. You were old enough to know your native tongue, and probably the family you came from too. But young enough that being raised in this room with no change and almost nothing to entertain yourself with has left you incapable of socializing with other people. Much in this way, the orcas in captivity are often moved around and split up, their family units don’t really exist. Many don’t know how to be what they are, as evidenced by young orca sent away from their mothers and then bred, where they fail miserably at raising their own young. These animals do not know how to be orca, they only know what they’ve learned- which is to be violent, defensive, and often dangerous creatures born from boredom. They are not often given toys, which consist of what looks like trashed plastic bits.
4. The orca are largely psychotic. From their boredom, they have become dangerous- Something wild orca are not. In a hypothetical world where say, a group of these orcas managed to stay together and were also healthy, but still had them mental issues and lack of social behavior wild orca have, would you really want a group of orcas notorious for being violent to go wild, and raise their own calves in the wild with the same things they’ve learned? Because they would probably teach the next generations what they know, and they know very little. They cannot be released properly, not even with training. They are sick.
5. The orca are all sick, ALL OF THEM. Whether it is physical or mental, they are all suffering from something and most seem to be heavily medicated on things like Valium to control their behavior. They are violent with one another and often with people, unpredictably so. Even the very first, real Shamu attacked a woman in the water with her and bit her. Several have tried to drown trainers in the water or nipped at them, or lunged at them. Two different orca are known to have killed people- Tilikum (3 known deaths) and Keto (1 known death)! In the wild, orca are peaceful creatures and have never attacked humans. There is only a single case where an orca mistook the identity of a surfer and bit the person, but let go immediately. We’re not even sure it /was/ an orca. The same can not be said for the captive orca. If they were free, there is a chance they could even go after people. (This is all hypothetical on that note since they can’t be free anyway.)
6. So what then, to do with the cetaceans in captivity if we can’t let them go? Well, first of all, that petition states clearly that it is banning captivity for the purposes of /entertainment/ and /performances/. Which means we would be, if we could get the parks to comply, moving the orca to places where they can retire to- Large sea pens made up of coves, sea sanctuaries situated around privately purchased islands (You can buy an island for less than a college education, sometimes frighteningly cheap). Our goal is to retire the orca to a place where they can still receive human care for their many, many health issues, but also feel the natural waves of the real ocean.
One goal /idea we have in mind is, if we managed to get one such large enough private island, to make a large natural tank as a half-way house and rehabilitation tank like Keiko had, to slowly rehabilitate individuals in groups to the natural temperatures and climates. Later they could be moved to the larger sea pens and have free reign of where they want to go and when. The only thing they would need to be trained to do is come to call when medical checks are needed. No more tricks, no more jumping on command to amuse people.
The point here is, we anti-caps know that we cannot release these animals into the wild. Many of them are so mentally gone, like Keet, who only floats on his side and blows bubbles all day long, that there would be little hope of a true wild release. No indeed, as sad as it is, they deserve to be retired to sea pens to live out whats left of their lives. (They would be put on birth control to prevent more captive born animals, too.) The facilities built for them would not just be for orca either. Dolphins and pinipeds also need help too! And other cetaceans. It could be a marine rehabilitation station, and even an on-site museum to teach visitors real facts about the animals and why they are there.
7. There are only 2 orca in captivity that we have access to that we can even remotely have a shot at rehabilitating for release. Those are Lolita (Tokitae) and Morgan. Both are wild caught. Tokitae’s family is well known- Within very educated guesses we can be reasonably sure we even know who her mother is, she’s still alive. We know for sure her family is around too. With a little help, Morgan could also be rehabilitated so long as her teeth have not been broken.
Recently, several orca were captured in Russia and many sold- There is almost nothing we can do to help them due to country laws, besides spread awareness of their existence. So, for all but two orca, we need to retire them to sea pens.
and the sea pen area proposed for Morgan:
Similarly, such cove or island areas would work just as well for non releasable cetaceans, who would be ambassadors of their kind the same way birds of prey with permanently injured wings cannot be released but instead can be used to teach visitors. At a sea sanctuary there would be no more lies like SeaWorld has told people for years.
Other proposed artist renditions of such sanctuary facilities are like the one shown in orcazine:
Except orcas aren’t the only ones who need help, of course! All cetaceans, pinipeds and other injured marine life should benefit from such a facility. So yes, thanks, ‘buddy’ we /are/ doing something to save the whales from the monotonous, endless circling of their featureless barren tanks where the only choice of the day is ‘do I swim clockwise or counterclockwise today? Or maybe I’ll just float at the surface, not much else to do between shows.’
It can be extremely irritating when people continuously assume that we, the folks desperately trying to educate the masses about whats going on at marine parks, get snotty or assume we mean to throw these poor sick animals in the ocean with no rehabilitation or training. I should think it obvious that we do not mean, nor have we ever, suggested that we should release the cetaceans into the wild.
Nor can the animals at all anyway, be released into the wild. This is a solid, 100% undeniable fact. Yes it’s sad. But being in a sea pen is better than a concrete tank that isn’t deeper than some of the orca are long! Stop trying to find reasons to selfishly keep these animals imprisoned in tanks that are too small to support one, let alone several of these gentle giants.
When the show is over, you get to go home. The orca do not have that luxury. They don’t get time off, for the most part. Some of these animals have been in shows their whole lives at this point. Its time for us to make things right.
The sheer number of messages I get about ‘WE CANT RELEASE THE WHALES THEY’RE GONNA DIE’ tells me that people. A. care about the whales.
B. Are not reading the message at the top of my blog where you click to send an ask that reads, clearly, thus:
anything! Before you ask, no, we do not want to release the captive
cetaceans into the wild, they would die. They have health risks which
make it impossible for them to survive. What we want is to retire them
to a large Sea Pen or private island waters/Sanctuary, netted off from
the ocean. They need vital human care due to their illnesses and broken
teeth! We want to RETIRE them, not RELEASE them. Thank you for reading!‘
You literally can’t miss it guys! Its RIGHT THERE!
theres a post going around saying how you should NOT get a parrot even if you are a dedicated owner. i do not personally agree and am actually a bit mad at the way they portray parrots, almost teaching people to fear them. whats your stance on it?
If you’re referring to pepperandpals’ post, I agree with it. Had you asked me this question a few years ago I would probably say otherwise but after all the experience, knowledge and dedication I’ve put in to learning I no longer believe that parrots should be sold in the pet trade under most conditions.
You haven’t a clue how many birds get mistreated, left with dowel perches, no UV lighting, small cages, seed only diets, forced to aggress, get placed in homes with teflon products, and end up living miserably with these people up until their lives end way earlier than they should have. Too many people think that exotics are just that, exotic, a decoration, something to brag about and end up not actually caring for it as much as they should. Too many people believe that they’re doing right or don’t need to be doing more and as a result the bird suffers.
When it comes to people who do do their research, have previous hands on experience and really care for a bird the best they can, it’s rarely ever enough when you compare, and the average person is not able to provide that sort of lifestyle for them. Using myself as an example, I spend all day with my birds, I spend all my time adding things to environment, switching up diets, giving them exercise, mentally stimulating them, cage cleaning, rearranging the bird room, it’s no exaggeration when I say I spend a solid 12 hours that they’re awake caring for them and then spend the whole evening trying to think of ways to improve the care I’m giving them for tomorrow. Despite how hard I try, how much research and how much i provide it never feels like enough. because it isn’t enough.
I do my best to show you guys all the work I put in to caring for my little girls, I constantly receive messages telling me how amazing I am for giving these birds this life and all the work I put in to them but in all honesty, you guys don’t see the half of it. You don’t see the thousands of hours of research I put in to every aspect of their life, their diets, their housing, their natural foraging experiences, safe plants, cleaning, moulting habits, behavioural situations, space division, possession, territory layouts, and so much more go on on a daily basis. You don’t see all the work I have to do to make sure that these highly territorial species doesn’t fight and kill one another so that I can continue to have them both out as much as possible, only having them out one at a time would take away so much space and enjoyment from their lives. You don’t see the vet bills, the preparation, the stress reducing, you don’t see the costs, the time, the energy that goes in to trying to keep them happy. You all seem to have this idea that the care I give my birds is way beyond exceeding expectations but let me tell you something, what I do I consider to be bare minimum.
All the effort, expenses, time, and work is absolutely necessary for them to be content with a captive lifestyle, if I was away at school or work full time I would consider this care to be subpar, to be inadequate, they would be unhappy with that lifestyle because that’s not what they’re designed for. They are not meant to live this way and not everyone has the time, space, personality or tolerance necessary to care for them the way they deserve.
Can you look at those and tell me that they can possibly be perfectly content and happy this way without the time and effort I put in to it?
Can you tell me that a bird so intelligent, so so smart can be removed from that environment and so perfectly adapt without any problems?
Can you look at this bird and tell me that they’re happy with this lifestyle?
Plucking is a behaviour that only happens in captivity it has never been recorded in the wild. Plucking is a behaviour caused by boredom, understimulation, stress, inadequate diet, and sometimes even happens just because they’re depressed.
You can not tell me that parrots are happier this way, you can not possibly tell me that taking something so perfectly adapted to a single lifestyle, perfectly designed to fly forever is okay having that removed. You will never be able to convince me that something perfectly designed to work with flight will be happy to have them chopped off for human enjoyment. My own Mia used to be clipped because she was from a store, my own Mia was depressed because of it, she did not move very much, she did not want to play with toys, she did not want to interact with people, she was miserable that way. But people wouldn’t notice that, they would dismiss it as the bird’s personality or just adapting or some other excuse to ignore the fact that the bird is having a horrific time. You will never be able to convince me that this:
you will never convince me that being captive is healthy.
Parrots are a full time job, they are not a pet, they are not a decoration, they are not a toy, they are not a phase, they’re a commitment and a hell of a big one. Birds should not be readily available in pet stores, owners should have to go through tests to see if they’re capable of providing a stimulating environment for the ones that already stuck in this trade. I think that breeding should be focused on maintaining health and maintaining the survival of species such as the endangered blue throated macaws and I think that species such as hyacinths, or cockatoos shouldn’t be in homes at all. Keeping those birds isn’t a matter or giving them an enriching life, it’s a matter of doing your best to prevent them from suffering.
In this world ignorance is bliss, a few years ago I would have thought just the same as you, I believed it’s just a bird it’s sold in a store it will be just fine. But as soon as you learn, as you soon as you see all the harm and the suffering these birds go through you’ll change your mind.
If you are a dedicated owner, if you have the experience and knowledge you should have before you even get a bird a pet store wouldn’t even be an option. There’s a reason that every reputable person, blogger, trainer, or other animal worker will always consider adopting before all else, it certainly isn’t a coincidence that the most educated refuse pet stores. Breeding has resulted in so many god damned problems, I’m certain you’ve heard of the feather duster budgies caused by poor breeding or the numerous parrot hybrids, while pretty they serve no purpose.
I’m certain some of you saw this post going around featuring the feather duster budgies? Do you have any idea how many comments said “I want one”? These birds are a genetic failure, their feathers keep growing and never stop until they die, they either die from overheating, they can’t breathe, they can’t walk to make it to food so they starve or are generally crushed under the weight.
The fact of the matter is that birds aren’t designed for this lifestyle, they are not domesticated they are wild they retain all that natural behaviour all those natural needs, they bite, they scream, they fly, they make a mess, they destroy things, they’re active, and demanding, the average person, and I’d go as far as to say a solid 70% of most bird owners, can not handle their care. How many times have you read “my bird won’t stop screaming”, “I’m considering getting rid of my bird”, “my bird won’t stop biting”, “my bird only likes one person”, “my bird hates me”, “i can’t afford this vet bill”, “I don’t want to buy a UV light or a filter”, a lot, right?
All of those problems happen because people didn’t do their research, they didn’t know how to handle the bird, how to react to the problems when they started showing up, they didn’t know what to look for they were unprepared for the care that they need.
The majority of birds from pet stores and breeders suffer, by the time they make it to 2 years old and they start acting like proper adults they get sent to shelters. When they become adults they don’t take shit from anyone, they have 0 tolerance for your foolishness and lash out when you ignore their body language. People don’t want a bird that wants to be treated with respect, they want one that will sit there, do tricks, talk, and look cute when they want it to, they don’t want mutual trust, they want obedience and don’t want to work to get it.
I don’t care how good of an owner you think you are, once you stop blocking out everything you’ll see the damage the pet trade has on these birds and your mind will change. It’s not a coincidence that the most educated or experienced will advise you against buying pet store birds or breeder birds and I sincerely hope you listen to them.
I know I will certainly never purchase a bird from a breeder or a store, I hope you won’t either.