The world of Parrots by Best Friends Jacqueline Johnson

This week we are celebrating Parrot Week at Best Friends Animal Society! The Parrot Garden is one of the Sanctuary’s most raucous and joyous areas. Wolf whistles abound, and you will often find caregivers dancing and singing with their charges. You cannot be afraid of looking foolish when you are entertaining parrots! So if you are planning on visiting us, leave your inhibitions behind.
Parrots have become the third most popular companion animal, just behind dogs and cats. Experts say the number of owned parrots, including cockatoos and macaws, soared 417 percent in the last 20 years from 11.6 million in 1990, to 40 million in 2006, and to 60 million in 2010. There could be as many as 100 million captive parrots by 2020, Best Friends experts predict. With a life expectancy of between 20 and 80 years, depending on species, it is easy to see how the numbers will just continue to grow.

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Exploding Parrot Population in U.S. will Cause Crisis, Predicts National Best Friends Animal Society

National animal welfare organization Best Friends Animal Society ( has long advocated for homeless pets and parrot experts at the Society’s sanctuary say the pet parrot population explosion is troubling.

It’s a mathematical powder keg: skyrocketing number of parrots in the United States, plus their long lifespan, plus a lack of knowledge on how to keep these birds happy and well-adjusted. It all adds up to a looming crisis for the animal rescue community, says national animal welfare organization [Best Friends Animal Society®.

Experts say the number of owned parrots, including cockatoos and macaws, soared 417 percent in the last 20 years from 11.6 million in 1990, to 40 million in 2006, and to 60 million in 2010. There could be as many as 100 million captive parrots by 2020, Best Friends experts predict. The estimated numbers were based on population forecasts, number of birds bred, and life expectancy of parrots, collected from a number of organizations including the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Avian Welfare Coalition site.

“To those who rescue parrots, the entire situation is concerning to say the least,” says Jacqueline Johnson, manager of the Parrot Garden, home to about 100 of the large birds at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. “Parrots already average seven to 11 homes in their lifetime. Since many parrots have the life span of humans, re-homing is inevitable.”

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Book Release: New ABA Book Provides Roadmap to Animal Law Careers

CHICAGO, Sept. 29, 2011 – The American Bar Association Law Practice Management Section has published Careers in Animal Law, the first book of its kind on employment related to the legal welfare of animals. Beyond an ordinary career guide, the book not only provides an overview of this relatively new area of law practice, but also shares important trends and cases now shaping the field.

Animal law concerns the protection and improvement of the lives of animals through city ordinances, state and federal laws, international treaties, and cases, and is one of the fastest growing legal disciplines. More than 100 law schools in the United States now offer animal law courses, and more lawyers than ever before are looking to start animal law firms or incorporate animal cases into their practices. The book will help lawyers:

Gain an overview of the field from a practicing animal lawyer and professor of animal law;
Forge a successful animal law career with firms of all types and sizes, government agencies, major corporations and nonprofit organizations;
Strike out on their own as a solo practitioner of animal law;
Learn career tips from a series of animal-lawyer profiles; and
Understand evolving trends in legislation, litigation and academia that will change the face of animal law in the decades to come.
The guide is written by Yolanda Eisenstein, a lawyer with an animal law practice, the
Eisenstein Law Office, in Dallas. She is also an adjunct professor in animal law at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.

The ABA Law Practice Management Section is a professional membership organization providing resources for lawyers and other legal professionals in the core areas of the business of practicing law – marketing, management, technology, and finance – through its award-winning magazine, webzines, educational CLE programs, website and publishing division. For more than 30 years, LPM has established itself as a leader within the legal profession by producing ABA TECHSHOW, the world’s premier legal technology conference and expo, and through its publishing arm, which has more than 90 titles in print.

With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

Title: Careers in Animal Law
Publisher: ABA Law Practice Management Section
Product Code: 5110723
ISBN: 978-1-61632-961-7
Size: 6 × 9
Price: $54.95
Orders: 800.285.2221 or

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Tear Down the Cages from Animal Rescue corps

More than two decades ago I realized the common thread in the network of animal cruelty – the cage. The cage represents the imprisonment and mistreatment of the animals of this world. I have focused my career on tearing down these cages in their many forms and uses.
The cage is a fundamentally flawed contraption that causes rapid emotional, social and physical decline of its inhabitants. In my experience any animal confined to a cage goes through three phases of decline; typically starting with high anxiety, leading to depression, and resulting in psychological turmoil. Putting an animal in a cage is a violation of that creature’s innate right to live naturally and without suffering. This type of confinement also forces animals to eat, sleep and defecate in a space often only a few times the size of their body. This causes human and animal health problems and can ultimately lead to death in some species.
I conceptualized and built a revolutionary cageless animal shelter that set global humane standards. I lobbied for the adoption of guardian language to change people’s ideas concerning our relationships with animals. I lead the rescue of tens of thousands of animals from puppy mills, dog and cock fighting, hoarding cases, equine farming and countless other cruel instances of confinement and mistreatment. I have liberated hundreds of thousands of animals from the confines of cages and the grip of manmade cruelty.

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Why Would Anyone Want To Rescue A Parrot? by Anne Feldhacker

Parrots are not pets. It is not mutually beneficial for parrots to live with us. Parrots are more intelligent and more empathetic than we, as humans, have even begun to understand. Parrots deserve to live their lives with their families, in the rain-soaked jungles, dense forests and fog shrouded mountains of the world. Unfortunately, as usually happens when human beings get involved, millions of parrots worldwide will never have the chance to live with their own families in their natural habitat. If you have never actually lived with a parrot and worked to understand its motivations, fears, unending memory, sense of humor and sense of loyalty, this concept of parrots ‘not being pets’ may sound like a hysterical response to a nonexistent problem.

Let me help you understand why this is a very existent problem. The most widely publicized attempt at understanding a parrot’s intellect, by human criteria, is a university study. That study has estimated the learning capability of an African Grey parrot to approximate that of a five-year-old human being. Think about these implications. If you have ever spent time with a five year old, you know what their memories are like; how they soak up everything they see and hear and how their learning grows like a wild fire in a high wind. We take that mind and put it in a cage in our living room and wonder why so many of these captive birds literally go insane.

What does this have to do with adopting an older parrot versus buying a baby? Thousands of loving, brilliant and sensitive older birds are abandoned each year because people just don’t want them anymore. These birds have not had a choice in the decision. These birds feel very lost and scared and have no idea what is going to happen to them next. Yes, they really do understand that the person they loved is gone, and they really do feel emotional pain and enormous fear when this happens. They have no control over what is going on and for a mind that knows it should simply fly to higher ground and find its flock for safety and comfort, this feeling is truly horrible. These birds need emotional nurturing as much as you and I do and, if they have lived in more than one home, they have very real fears and mistrust.

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