We’ve all heard about all those government perks Swedes get – 97% of their healthcare is picked up by various Swedish taxing bodies (about 9% of Sweden’s costs for health and medical care amount to approximately 9 percent of Sweden’s gross domestic product GDP)
Stuff like 5 weeks paid vacation when you start a job, increasing with your length of tenure – 480 days of paid parental leave – it’s cold and dark and then sunny and perfect and all those beautiful women (although I’m reminded here in edit by Catherine that the beautiful women are not supplied by the government 🙁
There are no Swedish (nor European) Parrots
so you’ll have to settle for this Budgie practicing Swedish
All this talk of Sweden is because of a statement I made in last week’s blog post “Mechanics of Your Bird’s Wondrous Wings – what you probably didn’t know”
2/5/2015 – “We’re still fact checking this -> we read somewhere on the internet that Sweden or Norway passed a law making it illegal to clip a bird’s wings under 1 year of age. If someone has information we’d appreciate confirmation or denial from an important person of that country. The BirdTalk article doesn’t count”
2/9/15 – this has been fact checked
Terri Leinneweber A fellow (Facebook) group member (Senegal Parrot Pets) provided this reference:
This is the Swedish law:
http://www.jordbruksverket.se/…”Jordbruksverket” is the Swedish board of Agriculture. Page 13, 2 §
“I (Terri) used Google Translate on this one and it´s actually pretty much what it says in Swedish too, after a few corrections:
Limitation of flight ability of birds may only take place if:
1st – the bird is over a year old,
2nd – the bird can not be trained to use the flight harness,
3rd – limitation is performed by a “wing trimming expert”,
4th – wing trimming is only allowed once a year.
The wing trimming should be done in such a way that the bird after restriction has good stability and sufficient lift to eliminate the risk that it gets injured while attempting to fly.
Let’s give a digital hand to Terri
And because I go down digital rabbit holes for a living – as long as it concerns birds & parrots, I did a little content mining on the Swedish agricultural site. Apparently Sweden cares about its pets is much as it cares about it’s humans.
People from the Swedish government actually sat down and spelled out suggested sizes for the environment where birds are kept. Swedish caged bird keeping best practices served up by Swedish politicians.
From the folks running Sweden who are in charge of how to care for pet birds (the following has been translated from Swedish by machines): Minimum space –
Pet birds need plenty of space to move around. The width of the space where a bird staying should be at least twice the bird’s length, and at least 45 cm.
Animal welfare states how big the cages at least should be. A cage or aviary (bird house) may well be larger, but never smaller than the dimensions in the table below.
(my notes) 1 cm = 2/5 inch 1 sq meter = 10¾ square feet – A 32 in (8.13 m) X 23 in (.584 m) cage = 5.1 sq ft (.475 sq mt)
The bird’s length from beak tip to tail tip
The minimum allowable surface
Minimum area per bird for group housing
Minimum dimension of the longest side
up to 15 cm
more than 75 cm
We are in touch with the Swedish Chef’s agent (from the Muppets)
seeking an interview because he’s Swedish & knows a lot about birds.
Feather factoid: it’s illegal to own a Quaker (Monk) parakeet in 12 states: here’s a great page noting laws about Quakers in all 50 states: http://goo.gl/3mCDJ1
That said, with spring just 6 weeks away (if you believe ground hogs) many of us are going to want to start traveling with our birds again. When you do travel with your bird, do you keep any birdie paperwork with you?
What if your bird got lost or stolen and you were lucky enough to be able to recover it while you on the road? How would you identify the bird now being held by a governmental facility? A picture? Almost every bird of the same species looks identical – won’t work – they will not release the bird to you based upon a photograph.
Make sure if you ever leave your state with your bird, you have some sort of documentation be it a hatching certificate or a medical document from your veterinarian – you’ve been warned.
In case you missed it, here’s a post with some tips for terrestrial travel with your bird .
This is where we talk about the subject line in the email.
A lot of you will look at the headlines (in bold below) and shout “Hooray it’s about time we ban parrot breeding”. Be careful what you wish for because if you read the whole article you’ll find out it’s saying is that if I live in Sauk Village Illinois, place a cockatiel in a travel carrier and drive it over to my friends house in Dyer Indiana 5 miles away, I will have committed a felony by violating federal law transporting this species of bird without the proper federal breeder paperwork.
Don’t waste your time getting mad at McDonald’s because they screwed up your order – just lower your expectations, it’s McDonalds. Save your energy, you’ll need it when you read this:
The United States Fish And Wildlife Service has announced that there will be no more domestic breeding allowed of certain parrots and other species listed in the Endangered Species Act except for the specific purpose of conservation.
American Federation of Aviculture’s Rick Jordan and others strenuously object to the edict, countering that any breeding helps propagate species.
Here’s a link to sign a petition at change.org: http://goo.gl/CtxrJN
I don’t get very political here (I’ve learned) but this is about the relationship we have with our birds. By clicking the link above, after a couple of subsequent clicks you will be able to protest this law to 9 individuals @ governmental and institutional bodies – here’s the list:
Fish & Wildlife Service c/o the Department of the Interior
Chief of the Branch of Foreign Species, FWS
Janine Van Norman – Senior Advisor, PIJAC
Marshall Meyers – Secretary of the Interior
Ken Salazar – Director of Fish & Wildlife Service
Dan Ashe – U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate – VP of Government Affairs / Legal Counsel PIJAC
Michael Maddox (VP of Government Affairs / Legal Counsel PIJAC) President & CEO, PIJAC
Michael Canning (President & CEO, PIJAC)