Re: Bird Auction
Posted by Glenda on 6/09/07
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.