Parrots Abused In Drug Environments

Parrots Abused In Drug Environments

 February 3rd, 2011
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This article came to my attention a few days ago and thought it should be shared.  This kind of abuse is not anything new, but I still can’t find the words to describe the outrage it makes me feel.  Maybe there are no words.

I remember when I was growing up, there was this guy down the street who would sit out on his front porch after work enjoying a beer as the sun went down.  Everyday he would pour a can of beer into his dog’s empty water bowl.  The dog would lap up every drop of it.  Sometimes he would call to us as we walked down the street to invite us to come over and watch as his dog got trashed.  He found this to be quite amusing.  I did not.

I once questioned him about it not being good for his dog.  “Nonsense”,  he said.  “If Barley didn’t want it, he wouldn’t drink it!”  I was young and was raised to not question the actions of the adults around me, so I said nothing.  If I had been braver, I would have pointed out that the empty water bowl may have influenced Barley’s decision to drink the beer.

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A few years ago, a friend of mine did a rescue of several parrots living in a raided meth lab in her city.  Given the level of toxic fumes coming from the processing of this drug, it is a miracle that any of these birds were alive at all.  Had they not been kept in the basement of that house, they surely would have died there.  Still, the fumes had permeated the entire house and the birds were in horrific condition when found.  Three of the eight birds died.

Another rescue involved a group of drug addicts who voluntarily turned over their birds in a moment of good conscience. They described scenarios where the birds were directly subjected to the exhalations of crack smoke by some visitors to the house.  These birds were clearly addicted when they arrived at the rescue.  So far, all have survived, but have had a terrible toll taken on their frail bodies.

If you choose to pollute your body with drugs and alcohol, feel free.  Just keep it to yourself. You don’t  have the right to subject your bird, or any other pet, to it.

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58 Comments on “Parrots Abused In Drug Environments”

Maggie  02/09/2011 5:19 pm

This just totally breaks my heart.

Laurie  02/11/2011 11:47 am

Drug addicts have no respect for themselves or any other living being — not their own babies or their pets. I know, I lived with one for 3 years.

brianna  02/11/2011 11:59 pm

there is a person down the street who has boxes and metal around the fence to keep it up and trash in the yard and no front door and has 15 dogs. the food bowl is never filled. TREAT ANIMALS LIKE BABYS!

sharon nicorvo  02/12/2011 4:55 pm

thanks for sharing that article. makes me sad and angry also. My Military mccaw was in pretty bad shape when I got him from a person who was an alcoholic. some people are just so ingnorant about how bad their habits can be for their animals.

KRIS KAUR  02/23/2011 12:25 pm


Patty  02/24/2011 8:24 pm

Hi Kris,
Donations to the World Parrot Refuge can go to: I know they will appreciate any help in the form of donation.

hell is calling for you cruel peoplle  03/30/2011 6:12 pm

I WISH PEOPLE LIKE THAT GO TO HELL, THEY SHOULDNT WORRY, THEIR PLACES ARE KEPT FOR THEM AND I WISH THEY GO TO THE DEEPEST IT IN HELL, these creatures deserve the most love and care, why are humans so nasty, why are they, i feel so terrified for these poor poor creatures, when i get my first pay check, im going to donate it to organisations that aim and promote to help these animals, ALL TYPES, and as far as druggies are concerned, YOU ARE OLD ENOUGH TO MAKE THE RIGHT DECISIONS, DONT COME HERE WITH THE CRAP STORY OF I WAS PRESSURED INTO DOING IT, YOU DESERVE A BAD LIFE… please die hell is waiting for you… our animalsdont need you and people like you