By John E. Cooper, Margaret E. Cooper (auth.), Ian J. H. Duncan, Penny Hawkins (eds.)
This ebook describes the welfare implications of conserving wild and domesticated birds in captivity. The environmental and social standards of assorted avian species are mentioned and proposals made for acceptable housing and administration ideas. specific realization is paid to human-bird interactions and their impression at the behaviour and welfare of the birds concerned. education equipment for better half birds also are defined. attainable destiny tendencies in holding birds in captivity are mentioned in terms of evolving legislation and codes for either wild and domesticated birds and within the mild of constructing moral attitudes to animals.
The booklet may be necessary to all those that retain birds together with chicken farmers, puppy vendors, and executives and caretakers of birds saved in laboratories, zoos, natural world aviaries, and rehabilitation centres. it is going to even be of serious curiosity to chicken creation, zoology, flora and fauna and veterinary students.
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2 Failure to Recognise the Prey–Predator Relationship Another harmful way that owners may anthropomorphise their birds is through allowing them to interact or “play” with predator species pets such as cats or dogs. These owners seem to assume that the animals have developed a friendship and that the animals will play like well behaved human children with no danger to the birds. Even when cautioned by more experienced bird owners, these headstrong owners insist that their birds will come to no harm.
Consequently, in addition to being “created” by humans, these “artifacts” are not sentient beings, are expendable, and have no moral standing apart from their status as property. Pet stores also encourage the idea that pets are expendable and replaceable, with profit in mind. Sabloff suggests that the new pet “starter kits” sold with birds and other small animals tend to encourage the idea of the pet as dispensable, and replaceable; you can always buy another: “These shops also sell ‘starter kits,’ items that tend to bolster the idea of a living pet as a toy or a project and of caring for the pet as something of a game.
In fact, the bird had been previously successfully weaned in less 2 Human–Bird Interactions 39 than a week by clinic staff. However, back at home the owner had continued perpetuating the bird’s dependence on her. The poor bird was clearly very confused, and though he was a sexually mature male, behaved submissively like a young baby. While the vet spoke to her, the woman stroked the bird as she held him on her lap, which the bird shared with a small terrier dog. The vet exhorted her to properly wean the bird.