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Is keeping a parrot as a pet inhumane?


I have always wanted to have a parrot, specifically a cockatoo. Recently, after watching several documentaries on the subject of birds as pets, I am finding it quite distressing and struggling with the humaneness of keeping one; even though I know there are parrots out there that are completely bonded to humans and need adoption.

 

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    Mandy (sulcatamandy) 3 years ago

    I am sure that I will adopt a lifelong friend when I am ready. I just really feel terrible like I am contributing to the problem, even if I am adopting and rescuing. I will definitely make the choice to get a bird that matches me in age.


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    Mandy (sulcatamandy) 3 years ago

    I am not positive, but I believe that most captive parrots have their wings clipped to prevent them from flying. However, I agree clipped or not, it does feel like slavery.


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    Mandy (sulcatamandy) 3 years ago

    There is no way a parrot can go from being a pet back to being a wild bird. They cant learn to properly hunt and forage as pets, making them targets to other predators for sure.

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    Mandy (sulcatamandy) 3 years ago

    Actually what mostly bothers me is the abandonment issues that parrots suffer from when they are separated from their bonded love, which is suppose to be another bird rather than a human. They can live 90 years. Many have a dozen owners through life.


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