LafeberVet will be hosting an online, RACE-Approved seminar for veterinarians and support staff about the ethical and medical concerns regarding flight in companion parrots.
Title: Flight Mechanics & Ethical Concerns
Instructor: Todd Driggers, DVM
Date: Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 3 pm Eastern Time
CE: RACE-approved for 1 hour of continuing education
Flight in Companion Parrots – The Conflict: Freedom vs Safety
Abstract: Feather trimming birds in captivity has been a common practice performed for many reasons, including fear of loss, safety, and the ability to control and tame. If the gold standard for animal welfare is freedom and feather destructive behavior is a reliable indicator of scientifically studied animal welfare, feather trimming impacts how the animal feels, functions, and prohibits natural responses to positive or aversive stimuli. Perhaps it is time to reflect on the benefits and risks of feather trims through the lens of animal welfare. At a minimum, the degrees of severity of the current techniques need redressing when we consider the experience of the bird.