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Re: Bird Auction

Posted by Glenda on 6/09/07
(13) Comments

    On 6/09/07, Pat wrote:
    > Shame on all your people with your BS petitions, hateful e-
    > mails etc. and bad mouthing of one of the greatest people
    > in aviculture. Below is a response to all this from Dr.
    > Clubb herself
    > June 7,2007
    > Dear Bird Lovers,
    > I love birds too. I have worked tirelessly for 30 years
    > trying to help birds. Now I am having problems in my
    > personal life. After 29 years of marriage my husband is
    > moving on. He does not want anything but his half of all
    > assets, which is what he is entitled to under Florida
    > divorce law. So after building our collection for the
    > 15 years I am left with no choice but to sell our birds to
    > pay him.
    > I can assure you all that this was NOT an easy decision,
    > nor do I take it lightly. I do love my birds very much.
    > But I CANNOT AFFORD to keep them. Also be assured that
    > breeders who purchase good healthy birds will do
    > they can to ensure their health, safety and happiness. If
    > my motives were purely financial, consider this: all
    > involved in animal husbandry know that if you donít take
    > care of your animals, they will not provide for you.
    > In our modern society we are typically 2 generations
    > removed from the farm and living with animals in a
    > symbiotic relationship. Most modern Americans, therefore
    > have a much different view of their relationship with
    > animals, including birds, than our predecessors. That is
    > neither good nor bad- it simply is fact. We must not
    > forget that if there were no bird breeders you would not
    > have your FIDS and your BAPPIES. You would not know the
    > joy that birds can bring into your life. I see it every
    > day in my practice. I enjoy the incredible joy that birds
    > bring into peoples lives. Sure some have to change homes-
    > but our children change homes also. That doesnít mean we
    > donít love them. They just grow up and move away and
    > a new generation of wonderful people for us to love.
    > Another consideration is safe management of my flock
    > hurricanes. We were hit by 3 hurricanes (Francis, Jeanne
    > in 2004 and Wilma in 2005) in 14 months. With a complete
    > team, it takes us about 3 days to bring all the birds
    > inside the clinic. During this time, I am forced to close
    > my clinic for unspecified period of time to ensure the
    > safety of my flock. This is also extremely challenging
    > when we have no power or other services for weeks. In
    > turn, I am unavailable to assist the rest of the bird
    > community in possible medical emergencies of their own. I
    > am a board certified veterinarian, who would much better
    > serve the bird community as such, than to give up a 30-
    > career to manage a breeding aviary. I am keeping some of
    > my birds, but a small number that I can easily manage
    > when there is a hurricane.
    > And some of you have mentioned PDD. Please be VERY AWARE
    > that the PDD rescue birds I have been working with are in
    > totally different facility. I have never had a case of
    > in my collection and I look for it. I have worked with
    > Mary Jo Meyer of Miloís Ranch for 5 years. We are about
    > have a major break thru. Have any of you donated money
    > that important research and the support of those birds so
    > we could treat them and save their lives? I think not.
    > So I am asking all of you Ė PLEASE DONíT KICK ME WHEN IM
    > DOWN. Canít you rejoice in my lifeís work. And if I make
    > it through this challenge, I will soon be sharing some
    > major advances in bird health. I need your support Ė not
    > your hate.
    > So, since you are so vocal in your distain for me and my
    > current situation, put up your money. Buy my birds.
    > Rescue them, PLEASE. Give them a good home. That would
    > make me very happy and enable me to move ahead in this
    > critical time of my life.
    > Respectfully submitted
    > Susan Clubb, DVM
    > Iím keeping my name, my dignity, and my dedication to the
    > avian world. - I wonít go away

    You go girl! I wish you the best of luck with everything.