Abusive Responses From A Captive Bird Owner To Me Re My Posts On Animal Abuse On Word Press

A woman  who calls herself a wildlife rehabilitator and writes under the name Mud Fur and Feathers has posted abusive comments to me re my view on captive animals and on factory farming and pig gestation crates.

She supports those awful methods and owns 6 captive parrots. She calls me sick and disturbed and has written to WordPress to censor my blog entries .

Here’s an excerpt from Animal Australia re captive birds that this woman supports:

Caged Birds

A robin redbreast in a cage puts
all of heaven in a rage.”

— William Blake

For many people the bird is a symbol of a higher freedom we long for. We dream of being like a bird, to ‘soar like an eagle’ ‘be free as a bird’ and have ‘wings like a dove’. We have a wishful envy of the bird’s ability to seemingly fly away from everyday troubles.

LorikeetOur societal acceptance of keeping birds in cages as pets provides another clear example of generational thinking. Rather than acknowledging the obvious cruelty of keeping a living being destined to fly free in the sky confined in a cage, we have been conditioned to think that this practice is acceptable.

We convince ourselves that the bird doesn’t suffer as it knows no other life and was bred in captivity, yet we know that behaviours inherent to each species cannot be ‘bred out’, and that their ability to undertake them provides quality of life. For our own kind, being caged equates to imprisonment — it is no different for any other species that shares this world with us.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there are more birds kept as companions in Australia than all dogs and cats put together.

It was in ancient Egypt that bird were first caged and prized for their beauty1. The motivation for caging birds has not changed throughout the centuries — it is about what they contribute to our lives — and their innate needs are forgotten and denied them.

Caged birds often exhibit destructive abnormal behaviours directly related to mental suffering such as feather plucking, excessive vocalization, fear and aggression2. This is not surprising when natural behaviours such as flying, choosing a mate, belonging to a flock, building nests and dust bathing are denied to them.

The relationships that we are able to have with dogs and cats are ones where there are clear mutual benefits — as the presence of both parties can enrich the lives of each other. The keeping of birds in cages as companions bears no resemblance to these relationships.

If we open our eyes and minds to a caged bird’s existence as it awaits sale in a pet shop — and disregard what we have been conditioned to accept and see — we cannot help but acknowledge the tragedy, that this living being which nature intended to soar free in the sky, will never feel the wind beneath its wings.


1. Steve Dale, 2001, The History of Birds as Pets
2. Louise Perin Vale, 2003 Environmental Enrichment and Welfare in Caged Parrots

About narhvalur

Environmentalist, Animal Lover, Birder,Equastrian
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11 Responses to Abusive Responses From A Captive Bird Owner To Me Re My Posts On Animal Abuse On Word Press

  1. hocuspocus13 says:

    Reblogged this on hocuspocus13.

  2. Stacey says:

    OMG, I know who that is, thanks for sharing!

  3. narhvalur says:

    Thanks Stacey for your continued support!
    I have found out that it’s not the hunters , fur farmers etc who are our main enemies, but so called animal friends are the worst abusers and hypocrites. I have met many of their likes.

  4. narhvalur says:

    Thanks for the reblogg! 🙂

  5. ajoobacats says:

    Reblogged this on Ajoobacats Blog and commented:
    Food for thought…

  6. narhvalur says:

    Thanks for the reblogg:))) Much appreciated! Ann

  7. narhvalur says:

    Thanks for your kindness! Ann :)))

  8. narhvalur says:

    Thanks for the reblogg! :)))

  9. hocuspocus13 says:

    Your Welcome

    Enjoy your evening

  10. hocuspocus13 says:

    Your Welcome

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