If you love some birdie, set them free!!!
If I could be any animal I wanted, I would most certainly choose to be a bird. I long for freedom and flying seems to me like the ultimate expression of that. When I go bird watching, I love to see the birds flying closer and then flying away. Those brief encounters are as beautiful as they are ephemeral.
You see, when I was a child in the countryside of Brazil, the predominant belief at the time was still that of “human beings dominating nature.” So, having caged birds was something that I grew up with. We had all kinds of birds including parrots. Parrots are very affectionate and my parrot would get goose bumps every time I petted it. It would climb up on my head, sing with me, dance and even say goodbye to me before I went off to school.
However, as I grew up, I began to see the cruelty in this. First of all, one can only buy parrots because an animal trafficker stole the young parrots from their parents. Second, the only way to keep an animal like this at home is to lock it up on a cage or cut off the feathers of its wings so it can no longer fly. Thirdly, its capacity to be affectionate is intricately related to its very nature of having one lifelong partner. Once parrots find their mates, they form strong bonds and usually stay together until they die. They take care of each other and of their babies. So parrots are not affectionate to us humans because they were made to be our pets. Their sweet and loving behavior is part of their very fragile reproductive cycle and monogamous nature. So as my version of Sting’s song goes, “if you love some birdie, set them free.”
I have recently created a page on the World Wildlife Fund website called “Blue Parrots in the Blue Sky” to try to raise awareness about the fragility of this specific species of parrots - http://wwf.worldwildlife.org/site/TR/Events/PandaPages?pxfid=40922&fr_id=1040&pg=fund Please come and visit this page, leave a comment and share it with your friends.
Hopefully, together we can completely switch this vision of “human beings dominating nature” to “human beings admiring, contemplating and preserving nature.”
I think we can.
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