I'm a vegetarian,and other vegetarians always seem to have a problem with my pet?

So when my husband and I decided we had the financial and space resources to get a pet, we were smart and researched what kind of animal would be most compatible with us. Dogs and cats weren’t it. There were several things that just didn’t seem appealing, but the biggest thing was, I don’t want to clean up after a dog or cat. Scooping poop is not something I do (and my husband works a lot, so he wouldn’t have the time). So we didn’t bring an animal we wouldn’t properly provide care for into our home.

We instead adopted a 10 year old parrot from an avian rescue (after much research into proper care). He is wholly unfit to live in the wild, would die if turned loose, he is a house pet and will be for the rest of his life. When we got him he was bald and malnourished, had spent his life up until his previous owners relinquished him to the shelter in a dog crate in a moldy basement, and as the rescue put it, he was very unlikely to ever be adopted, and the required vet bills to save him were far beyond what they could spend on 1 bird, when they had literally over 100 that needed care and no one wanted. So we gave him a chance, paid the vet bills to save him, and rehabilitated him. He is such a happy, loving little guy now (we have had him 5 years, and he has a good 50 years left in his normal life expectancy), and is probably the most spoiled animal ever. We take damn good care of him, and as I said, he can’t just be turned loose into the wild. So many other vegetarians/vegans seem to think it is soooooooo cruel to have him because he is "exotic", yet they have dogs and cats they barely throw food at once a day. We have our bird with us everywhere he can go, and he’s always out of his cage when were at home (he has a spot at the dinner table, he eats with us even). I don’t understand why it’s ok to keep one animal as a pet, yet keeping a more exotic one (even with proper care) is "cruel"? Anyone care to explain?
Well, I agree, keeping an Albatross as a pet would probably be very cruel to the bird. But not all birds migrate thousands of miles a year, or even miles a year. Parrots (well at least ours, a blue front amazon), come from the rain forests of South America. Food is abundant and the climate is constantly warm. They do not migrate, and in fact, fly very little compared to other birds (just from tree to tree). Our specific bird will never fly due to a wing injury he got long before we took him in, but my mom has 3 parrots she has had for almost 40 years. They are all fully flighted, and her house was designed bird-safe, so they still have free run. Their much more interested in attacking the fruit bowl than flying about all day. Parrots are unique birds, and more important than being flighted, is the "flock mentality" (having lots of interaction and attention). The most important is foraging opportunities (having to search for food, they need opportunities to seek their own food to keep t

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11 Responses to “I'm a vegetarian,and other vegetarians always seem to have a problem with my pet?”

  1. Avocado says:

    I don’t see a problem with it. You didn’t buy him from a pet store, but adopted him. Sounds like you need to find new friends. Just don’t keep him locked in a cage.

  2. Jewel says:

    I think the people who are objecting are reacting out of misplaced compassion, without knowing the whole story. While I don’t support the trade of exotic animals, what you have done is to salvage a wounded soul. You didn’t buy him wild-caught, or even from a breeder who indirectly supported such trade. You acted out of loving compassion for an innocent creature caught through no fault of its own OR YOURS, and you’ve worked since then to make him safe and happy.

    Say hi to your little guy for me, and try to explain to those poor misguided souls that you don’t support the exotic pet trade either, but you were determined to give this fellow a good home after the cruelty of his previous one.

  3. jennyintexas says:

    Ok, not to be stepping on any toes, but vegan/vegetarians sometimes can come across self-righteous. I wouldn’t worry too much about what your friends say. You’ve rescued a wonderful pet from a horrible life and an untimely death. I’d love to see parrots in the wild and in a perfect world perhaps that’s the only place they’d be found (or at least with only responsible owners). Don’t beat yourself up about this and don’t start playing the "I’m more compassionate than you" game. It’s a waste of time.

  4. Valchemishnu says:

    You have my 100% support. You are doing the right thing – allowing it to be out of the cage but inside your home. Parrots are exotic but that does not mean that you shouldn’t keep them. Exotic parrots may face scarcity of food and protection while your parrot is safe and get enough food.

    The only thing your must give to your parrot is your love and care -and you are giving it enough.
    He would not have got this if he is let open.

    But you should not make it to lose its ability to fly. It should be given opportunities (within your home) to fly.

    And one more thing, Why don’t you get your parrot a partner (do not need to focus on gender,but opposite is encouraged). He is alone and this is one thing that all living beings hate (after food scarcity).

    I am a Vegetarian and an Animal lover. You have my support. I dont understand why others tell you to let him go out when there are only a few parrots left without being killed by others. Hunting and poaching of parrots are very common but they seldom get the attention from media or police.

  5. pennybarr says:

    Please disregard your vegetarians friends ignorant opinions. This parrot is extremely lucky you have adopted him and take such excellent care of him. I am sure the poor bird would have been put to sleep if you two had not adopted him.

    So many vegans and vegetarians can’t see beyond the nose on their face. From reading many of the questions and answers on this sight, many vegans and vegetarians are quite unyielding and fanatical in their beliefs and are always trying to covert others to their ways. admit to being an omnivore, but would never consider trying to change another persons dietary or religious beliefs. Yes,vegans especially treat veganism as a religion.

    I hope you and your parrot bring joy to each other for many years.

  6. Knylbog says:

    It comes down to this:

    Would you rather be alive and in a cage or dead and not?

    You should tell them the whole story.

  7. castelx says:

    I think you are amazine people. he has found a greaT HOME. DONT BOTHER WITH WHAT THEY SAY. i DO UNDERSTAND HE CANT BE TURNED OUT INTO THE WILD. THEY JUST DONT UNDERSTAND THIS., HE DOESNT KNOW HOW TO FEND FOR HIMSELF AND WOULD NOT FARE WELL. HE IS SO MUCH BETTER IN YOUR HOME.

    NOW…….THEY BARELY THROW FOOD AT THEIR PET ONCE A DAY. THAT IS SAD. DID YOU MENTION THIS TO THEM? iM NOT SURE HOW TO CONVINCE THEM OF THIS. JUST LOVE THIS BIRD AND ENJOY HIM. THATS SO NICE THAT HE HAS A PLACE AT THE DINNER TABLE…………

  8. thing says:

    I am vegan. I don’t see any problem with what you’re doing. I especially think it’s nice that he is always out of his cage when you are at home. Just keep giving him a nice life, and tell people the state and situation he USED to be in, and that you have given him a much better life than he had before.

  9. Michael Pless says:

    Birds were never ment to be caged, just like any human being you don’t like being kept in one place fore ever. Birds represent freedom and freedom is not on the inside of a cage, in short set the bird free

  10. Premium Curry says:

    I hope my >opinion< can help you better understand why some people (not necessarily vegetarians) do not like the idea of birds in a small domestic environment.

    Naturally, birds migrate thousands of miles each year. Their main method of movement is to fly, walking secondary. Having a bird in a cage or house prevents a bird from moving how it naturally would (in general, not in your case-specific conditions of having an unfit bird)

    Having a bird in a cage is like clipping its wings as it’s not able to fly anywhere.

    Hope this helps.

  11. CoopQT says:

    This is an odd one on me, I don’t get it either. I have two rescued cockatiels in addition to my other pets. People seem to think its OK that I keep my ferrets caged (and when I say caged, they have a massive outdoor adapted dog run that is over two metres long) and my hamster caged, but not my birds. "ooh thats cruel". Sorry, but hamsters, naturally in the wild travel 8 miles a night and ferrets are VERY active (when they aren’t passed out sleeping lol). It is no more cruel to keep birds in a cage than hamsters. I think its because birds fly. Its a total double standard.

    I don’t agree with breeding parrots…but then I don’t really agree with breeding anything, but you can turn pet birds free, they would die or become pests in non-native environments. Just ignore people. They just think "bird in cage" and don’t think it through fully.

    And Daisy, BUYING pets is not vegan. SAVING THEIR LIVES is. Stop talking utter sh*t.