>I'm rather upset about the clipping of the bird's wings. This is I suppose
>done solely for the reason that the bird does not accidentally escape.
Wrong. It is done to prevent the bird from flying into a mirror or glass
window and hurting itself (stunning itself, breaking its neck are possible
outcomes). Any bird, no matter how tame, can get freaked out and accidentally
fly into a solid object, no matter how easily it may evade it under normal
circumstances. Clipping is also useful for birds showing excessive
It is also done to cut down the chance of having the bird escape. The average
pet bird will not know how to survive in the wild, and most likely soon die
of exposure, disease, or predation. If I am reading the header right, you
are posting from Finland... what's the chance of an escaped parrot surviving
in the wild in your country? Some birds may manage for a while in milder
climates, some may even become established and breed, but those are the
exceptions... not to mention their adapting to the wild may wreak havoc
upon native species.
>So if you have a baby, would you "clip" his/her legs for the same reason ?
This is an extremely faulty analogy. Feathers are like hair, read DEAD
tissue. They can regrow (as opposed to the inability of humans to regenerate
lost limbs). When feathers are cut the bird does not experience pain,
as opposed to amputation. Finally, birds with clipped wings (depending
on the clip) can still glide and even fly a bit, not to mention walk.
Bird do use their feet in the wild for locomotion, in case you didn't know.
There are also flightless birds that survive just fine (through million of
years of evolutionary history) without the capacity to fly.
>No, you are carefull, and look after the infant that no harm is done.
And still kids get run over by cars, fall off their bikes and trees,
and suffer damage, not to mention death. I guess you advocate stashing
a fully flighted bird into a cage and keeping it safe and sound that
way, possibly after welding the cage shut? After all, any time you let
this bird out you could possibly endanger its life.
>So, is it so, that people are so lazy, that they prefer to make the bird
>cripple, than be carefull ?
No, it is that people have given careful thought to the situation and have
come to think that in many cases the only responsible thing to do is to clip
a bird's wings. You obviously have no idea of how much love, time and money
lots of people dedicate to their pet birds. You have no clue of how many
hours some birds spend ouside of their cages, in circumstances where a clipped
bird is safe and where a fully flighted bird would be a hazard to itself.
>I think that the wing clipping is a maltreatment, that should be prosecuted.
I think you need to get a clue, not to mention some manners.
I am hoping this post was the result of someone leaving their terminal
unattended. Obviously there's always room to debate clipping vs. not
clipping, but this character's attitude strikes me as annoying as hell...