Stories of birds getting caught in traps such as nets or hooks have been around for as long as civilization has prevailed; hunting for the mere purpose of cooking a meal or achieving game to heighten one’s prestige is one trait that mankind has never surrendered to, just like alcohol or tobacco.
However, the aforementioned piece of information isn’t anything new as such, but as of current a series of shocking incidents that relate to the merciless slaughter of innocent birds seem to be taking place. The earliest news goes all the way back to 2010, where 3 seagulls were found with beer cans around their necks!
It was during the first week of November that authoritative officials working against animal abuse discovered these seagulls, suffocated and almost paralysed along the coast of San Francisco in the United States of America. With both ends of the beer cans precisely cut out and then fitted in around the birds’ necks, it was clear that this brutal act had been carried out by certain persons on deliberation.
As the beer cans were tightly fastened around the seagulls necks, this had proved to be lethal as breathing passages were blocked, and the creatures were unable to preen themselves too. Inability to breathe and groom would’ve resulted in deteriorated health of the birds, both in terms of inner organs and their feathers and eventually death.
A few years ago in the state of North Carolina (where the capital of the United States is – Washington DC), an individual serving for an Animal Rights commission began operating as an undercover agent for a hatchery that specialized in turkeys. The entire footage that was captured and released over the media during the next couple of months was followed by uproar worldwide; scenes depicting the treatment of delicate chicks as though they were stationary items was shocking, as supervisors collected a bunch of chicks by the handful and threw them headlong into crates, causing many of these chicks to endure painful and irreversible injury.
If any chicks were rendered safe during this ruthless game of ‘catch-catch’, they were bound to be hurt forthwith by either getting their heads stuck in sorting machines or getting themselves suffocated in polythene carry bags.
If this heartless trend persists, then predicting little to no populations of aerial species is confirmed, no doubt – just like the dodo, which became extinct during the mid 20th century as it got completely hunted down by man! Creating a destiny for birds such as this is like prophesising an environment without flora and fauna for our children!
Hence, it’s high time we all took a bold initiative to implement precautionary measures for all the birds that sustain in our planet; be it in our back yards, beaches, lakes or forests. Putting out clean bowls of pure, uncontaminated water and fresh bird food is essential, along with the nursing of injured birds or abandoned offspring.
These good habits shall also help to set a good example to our little ones – and nurture them to be responsible citizens for years to come!
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This is a guest article by Rachel Anderson from London. Rachel Anderson is a web designer and also a copywriter who loves all things design and creativity. Currently Rachel is writing some interesting articles about Niger seed.