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NEW DELHI: Birds have the fundamental right to "live with dignity" and fly in the sky without being kept in cages or subjected to cruelty, Delhi High Court has said while holding that running their trade was a "violation of their rights".
"...This court is of the view that running the trade of birds is in violation of the rights of the birds. They deserve sympathy. Nobody is caring as to whether they have been inflicted cruelty or not despite a settled law that birds have a fundamental right to fly and cannot be caged and will have to be set free in the sky.
"Birds have fundamental rights including the right to live with dignity and they cannot be subjected to cruelty by anyone including claim made by the respondent (Mohazzim)."
originally posted by: SaturnFX
birds not allowed in cages in india....so, there goes chicken farms then
originally posted by: Aazadan
I see where they're going with this law, but what of the people who have birds as pets? It's like telling a dog owner they need to kick their dog out of their home and make it survive on it's own. That seems quite cruel. Many birds bond with their owners, and if the bird is something like a parrot you can realistically be living together for 50+ years. Can you imagine one entity in that relationship just abandoning the other due to rule of law?
originally posted by: enlightenedservant
As for the dog comparison, if you allow the animal freedom & it leaves, obviously it didn't feel the same way you thought it did. But if you allow it freedom & it comes back, that's when you know the "relationship" was mutual.
originally posted by: spirit_horse
I have never known birds to want to hang around humans anyway. The only time they are is when they have been captured. I wonder how the ones bred in captivity would fare if set free? I wouldn't want to spend a life in a cage.
Birds can be very long-lived in captivity. One Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (a common Australian parrot made famous by the TV show "Baretta") lived most of his 80-plus years in a zoo. Captive Canada Geese have lived for 33 years, House Sparrows 23 years, and Northern Cardinals 22 years. In nature, the life-spans of these species are much shorter. As luck would have it, however, the record for a European Starling in the wild, 20 years, is 3 years longer than for any starling captives.
originally posted by: bigfatfurrytexan
i think all animals have a right to live with dignity.
I was sitting on my best friends back porch. He has a new girl in his life, and she likes birds. So on her back porch are 2 birdcages with some exotic birds.
So i am sitting there one morning with a cigarette and a cup of coffee, looking at the flurry of life happening in the trees over his back fence, when the birds in the cages grab my attention. The little yellow parakeet has taken to attacking a small mirror containing his reflection. After watching this bird for awhile, it just looks sad. They are both sitting there in their cages, watching all the other birds in the trees, and squirrels, running around, doing their thing. Singing away loudly at each other while they go about their life. Then there are these 2 birds, in cages, bearing witness to it, and having only their own reflection in the mirror to interact with. And instead of singing to their newfound friend in the mirror....they are attacking it like a lunatic.
originally posted by: ignorant_ape
a reply to: bigfatfurrytexan
most animal [ regardless of status ] will display abberant behaviour if presented with a mirror .
indeed the ability to discern that the image in the mirror is the subject - not " something else " is a key test of self awareness