As some of you may have noticed, I have not taken the time to write a post in a while. I am going to take this opportunity to use my being away on vacation as an excuse. However, while away, I happened upon the idea for this piece by chance. It came to me while visiting Parrot Island, a sanctuary for neglected and abused exotic birds. Before going into the room of caged birds, I was made to watch a video. This video told me something I was ignorant of and I am sure many others are ignorant of, and that is the amount of abandoned and abused exotic birds across the globe. Did you know that ~85% of exotic birds are abandoned, resold or given away within two years of being purchased? Did you know that ~4 million exotic birds are recorded in trade each year? And did you know that the Scarlet Macaw, the parrot of parrots, is on CITES Appendix 1 due to the pet and cage bird trade? I definitely didn’t and was horrified.
There was so much I was unaware of before going to Parrot Island. I also didn’t know how sad going to this place would make me. Seeing all of these beautiful birds crushed my heart and made me ashamed. I was ashamed for being ignorant to this neglect and abuse. I found it so difficult to look at these birds, screaming at me from their cages for attention. No animal deserves this. Sadly, these are the lucky ones. Yes, I do realize that there are many animals that are endangered due to human greed. However, this one seems so simple to prevent and maybe it is where we should start as far as working towards preservation of life on our planet.
*These pictures were all taken by me during my visit to Parrot Island and are only a few faces of birds who deserve to fly free.©