Am I missing the boat on a Quaker issue?
Posted 02 May 2010 - 02:40 AM
Quakers are all over the place down here in south florida. I see them every day.
They are an introduced animal that doesn't belong down here.
Here is my question: It is illegal to capture them in the wild because they are protected. Why? It would seem to me that collecting them from the wild would eliminate an invasive animal here, and eliminate the market on illegal birds smuggled in from other countries. It would also protect the native birds that Quakers compete with, and keep them from becoming endangered.
It seems like it would be a no-brainer to get eggs from the nests and incubate them for happy, healthy, well-adjusted pets.
Is there something that I'm missing?
What are your thoughts?
P.S. There are a few other wild parrots that I've seen down here like Yellow-naped Amazons and budgerigars.
Posted 02 May 2010 - 03:44 AM
Posted 02 May 2010 - 04:30 AM
There's a flock of mitred conures on Maui, Hawaii. I went but didn't get to see them... although I later saw the flock on a television show flying above Maui's volcano. The flock is eating invasive plants, and because they can fly, are quickly distributing the invasive plants (or whatever it may have been... plants that are killing other plants just by growing...) so they thought about capturing the flock of mitreds and putting them into an aviary, however due to a lack of funding (and who knows what else) the flock was left alone.
The majority of parrots that are probably being smuggled into the country would fall under the category of amazons, maybe macaws, and perhaps african greys... but probably mostly amazons... smuggling can be stopped if we can give these people who capture the animals a better way to earn an income. Create a natural preserve for the animals and have the trappers work as guides.... to give one example. Already been done... can be done again!
Posted 02 May 2010 - 05:09 AM
I thought the first part was funny.
Abbey - Peach Fronted Conure
Koko - Jardine Parrot
Sonnie - Lhasa Apso
Kitty - Cat
Skipper - Beta
Posted 02 May 2010 - 06:07 AM
+ Aviary Fids: Cockatiels, Budgies & Bourke’s Parakeet
Posted 19 June 2010 - 06:23 PM
That is just wrong on so many levels.
I know someone on another forum that does it - they're wild where the person lives and they have an aviary and the Quakers go into the aviary and BAM, no more freedom, they're kept in there and never released.
And I wonder why my destain for people keeps on growing.
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