Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip/Some rebuttal
Posted by Rachel B on 6/01/05
On 6/01/05, Emma wrote:
> Why oh why must people wing-clip. I really cannot
> convey my hatred of this practice.
In an earlier post, you listed a number of reasons which, to
your mind, do not constitute good cause for wing clipping.
May I point out that every household is different? and we do
our best under whatever conditions the prevailing ones may
be. For example, a home which contains young children or
four or five kids or youths under the age of 20 would be MUCH
more likely to have windows or doors occasionally left open,
no matter how stringent the training (of the children) may
have been. Friends come to visit from time to time as well.
We always keep the bathroom doors shut--but not everyone does
so, and I don't want to lose my cherished pet because someone
wasn't listening to the lecture.
My CAG is wing clipped specifically because I cannot trust
him not to loft himself off his "out" perch and come flying
straight to me (as he did several times before I reluctantly
clipped his wings, back when I first brought him home). Many
times, some of his "out time" coincides with my working in
the kitchen. I don't want a bird landing in my biscuit
rolling or my French toast preparation. I will not have my
parrot immolate himself by falling into the saucepan, or
stewpot, or the Dutch oven where I am cooking French fried
potatoes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit (that's around 191 Celsius
for anyone who's doing metric.) Why don't I keep him in his
cage while I'm cooking, you ask? Well, actually, when
cooking at HIGH temps on the stovetop, I do; but the rest of
the time he'd be very unhappy being in his cage during the
times I am home, when the rest of the family, including the
dog, is in the kitchen or living room adjacent to his perch.
I can and do carry him on my shoulder at times while working
in the kitchen, but it isn't always convenient, or sanitary,
to have him there. Besides, he needs playtime on his perch,
not just being velcroed to me.
Households vary. I keep Ash clipped for his own safety.
Living in our homes--fed, coddled, cared for, played with and
medically attended to--comes at a price, and there are some
things I choose to do to keep him healthy and well. He is a
very strong flier as it is; I would not be able to keep him
safe if he were not clipped. If he hadn't come to me, he'd
have gone to someone who maybe wouldn't care for him as I do;
not being hatched in captivity was not ever an option.
Now tell me how wrong it is to have my dog neutered and my
cat spayed and that they should be free to make their own
choices. Our pets CANNOT choose some things for themselves;
we have already made that decision for them by choosing to
keep them in our homes. For those who can manage it, free
flight and not clipping wings is a wonderful ideal; encourage
to your heart's content. Some of us cannot do it safely, and
it is irresponsible to issue a blanket statement along the
lines of "wing clipping is mutilation and always wrong" when
it is not true.