posted on Jul, 12 2010 @ 01:22 PM
reply to post by Snarf
Hello Snarf, I hear you my friend! Up until about eight years ago, my life revolved around animals of all sorts. I started out volunteering at animal
shelters. I took great care in cleaning up those homeless cats and dogs.
That led me into professional pet grooming. I wanted to make sure the little one's were presented at their best
Before then, I worked at veternarian clinics and kennels.
I found out this morning most birds cleaned die days afterwards. That we are wasting an enormous amount of money cleaning the wildlife, all the while
they are suffering. It is being suggested that instead of spending the money to clean them, that they should be euthanized.
"Consider the bleak track record. Biologist James Estes, of the University of California–Santa Cruz, calculated that each sea otter washed and
released after Exxon Valdez cost $80,000—and two-thirds of them died within two years anyway; biologists estimate that natural annual mortality for
the species is about 6 percent. An estimated 375,000 to 700,000 birds were killed by the Exxon Valdez spill, Sharp says, compared with 800 rescued (at
a cost of $41 million)—and most of those died within days of being released. Cleaned and released birds should be counted among the dead, Sharp
contended in the journal Ibis in 1996 and still believes today. That’s why, as harsh as it sounds, the standard practice in Germany and Norway has
been euthanizing oiled birds and other wildlife."
“It might make us feel better to clean them up and send them back out,” says Daniel Anderson, an ornithologist at the University of California,
Davis. “But there’s a real question of how much it actually does for the birds, aside from prolong their suffering.”
Personally, I'm one to fight against the odds.....just in case....but I'm not one to allow something to suffer either.