May Birds Know A World Without Cages
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From Friends of Animals: May Birds Know A World Without Cages
3 January 2006
On National Bird Day, 5 January 2005, Friends of Animals will
celebrate birds' freedom to fly, wherever they are in the world.
Just to our South, the New York Companion Bird Club will be
celebrating in a different manner.
Although they will be hearing about activism on behalf of
Connecticut's monk parakeets during an event held at the New York
Theosophical Society, bird enthusiasts will also raffle off prizes
from Grey Feather Toy Creations, and listen to Robert A. Monaco,
DVM, speak about "state-of-the-art medicine and surgery for avian
and exotic animal companions." The raffling off of a "bird gym" will
fund the transportation of a bigger cage for a nursing home-based
cockatoo. But unfortunately, Grey Feather Toys sees the event as an
opportunity to promote "the outstanding quality of their products"
and herald themselves as "one of the leaders of the avian toy
market" for Bird Club members.
Overall, the planned Bird Day event is a promotion of cages, not
freedom. Because it's advertised as taking place at the New York
Theosophical Society, it carries the appearance of Society's
endorsement. (To date, the Society has not commented.)
On 14 January 2005, the Theosophical Society will provide the venue
for Larry D.D. Clifford to speak, exhibiting a macaw. Clifford, the
owner of the Exotic Parrot Breeding Aviary, trains animals for Sea
World and other shows and television commercials. Clifford's
trainees include cetaceans, sea lions, parrots, grizzly bears, and
big cats. For a fee $65 for single, $85 for couples Clifford
will show how people can correct unwanted habits in pet birds, and
train birds to talk. This is an upscale yet circus-like event staged
on the Society's premises. Other animals were not put on this earth
to be objects of our amusement.
Due to the disturbing mix of subjects described above, we at Friends
of Animals want to be clear that we do not endorse these events.
Said Friends of Animals legal director Lee Hall, "The Theosophical
Society's mission is to cultivate the spiritual growth of humanity.
A pioneer in its history was the acclaimed vegetarian doctor Anna
Kingsford, who spoke of the inherent value of animals other than
ourselves. To offer a venue for patently exploitive promotions is to
flout the Society's best traditions."
We urge people everywhere to rethink the idea of owning, breeding,
or trading birds in captivity. For every day is Bird Day a day
when beings born to fly freely should enjoy that experience.
Those who agree should feel empowered to ask the New York
Theosophical Society not to host promotions by Grey Feather Toy
Creations (5 Jan), or the Members-Only Exotic Bird Training Workshop
by Larry D.D. Clifford (14 Jan), or to invite such promotions in the
It is no justification that a Bird Club thought up and organized
these events. They do not merit hosting in a Theosophical Society
The New York Theosophical Society
The Friends of Animals Contact for this Release is:
Related URL: http://www.manhattanbirdclub.com/events.htm
- A brief update and thanks:
Thank you to the advocates who contacted the New York Theosophical
Society about the promotions by a bird-trainer and cage vending
Because the troubling events are advertised as taking place at the
New York Theosophical Society, they carry the appearance of
Society's endorsement. We now have confirmation that the Society
does not endorse them, and that they will follow up on the matter.
We'll keep our blog (www.friendsofanimals.org) posted on updates as
we continue working on communicating to urge people everywhere to
rethink the idea of owning, breeding, or trading birds in captivity.
Every day is Bird Day a day when beings born to fly freely should
enjoy that experience. Enjoy Bird Day on the 5th of January, and
again, thank you so very much for helping with this intervention.
Your concern matters.
The Friends of Animals Contact for this Update is:
Friends of Animals' goal is to free animals from cruelty and
institutionalized exploitation around the world.