I'm with you on this issue, Les.
I prefer that birds be left in the wild, but because there are caged birds everywhere, my view is to offer them the best you can as far as habitat and feed.
When I kept birds years ago they always had the largest cages I could afford, with the canaries and finches in flight cages. I prefered feeding a pelleted diet to give them a wide range of vitamins, but also seed, fruit, veggies, beans, greens, and once in a while a bit of hard boiled egg. My birds were very healthy, with the canaries living up to 15 years old, their maximum lifespan. My birds in general were happy, singing and flying around their cages.
It is a shame to see a flighted animal contained in a small cage with poor nutrition to boot. I think it is cruel and very sad. Due to ignorance, greed, and insensitivity, poor conditions can and do exist for just about every animal kept in captivity. People should be more sensitive to every feeling animal and strive to offer what would be best for the animal's welfare and happiness.
Edited by Debbie-SpiritualityEditor (05/24/12 03:04 PM)
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