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There are animal welfare vegans and animal only-fight-against-other-vegans abolitionist vegans. V-EGANISM is neither. Just as there are positive things and negative things about conservatives and liberals, there are positive things and negative things about welfarists and abolitionists. V-EGANISM avoids all 4 "political parties", and remains as an independent in thoughts and actions, only choosing what is right and just for animals, humans, and the environment. V-EGANISM however does have a mission statement which is how the founder of veganism, Donald Watson, originally coined the word's definition. It was a perfect definition then and it still is a perfect definition now! So the following paragraph is V-EGANISM's official Mission Statement--and nothing more, nothing less, we are simply called, "Vegan Activists", with no additives:

"V-EGANISM educates people and helps people and animals regarding the political and social justice cause, Veganism, which is a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude--as far as is possible and practical--all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing, cosmetics, household products, entertainment, service or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals, and the environment."

Healthy Body, Mind & Spirit Maneki Neko Cat

Healthy Body, Mind & Spirit Maneki Neko Cat

Love & Peace Maneki Neko Cat

Love & Peace Maneki Neko Cat

Friday, January 11, 2013

Adopt a Rescued Bird Month

When people say they've adopted a rescued animal, we tend to think of either dogs or cats. But birds are adopted as rescued also.

January is Adopt a Rescued Bird Month. Many people may not realize that along with the large number of dogs, cats, and other animals that enter shelters, many birds do too. Each year thousands of birds are relinquished to shelters when their owners decide they no longer want them or cannot take care of them properly. Most birds live eight years or longer, and a parrot's life span can rival that of a human, as some birds can live to be 60-80 years old and are a great commitment by their human companions. Bird companionship is a long-term commitment that requires dedication that often surpasses that of dog or cat ownership. While smaller birds have shorter life spans, human guardians are still encouraged to research the bird they hope to provide a home for in order to make certain that they are prepared for the special needs of their new feathered friend. Also, adopters need to consider the finances involved with vet visits, good-quality varied food, a proper-size cage, and toys. Guardians also need to realize that birds--especially those in the parrot family--thrive on social interaction. So if you are not home often, a bird might not be the right choice for you.

Many guardians do not realize that birds often require specialized veterinary care and should always be seen by a vet that is familiar with birds, so seeking the advice and knowledge of an avian veterinarian is helpful, both before and after adoption of a new bird. Birds are sensitive and intelligent companions that will surprise you with their beauty and song.

Here are other things to consider:

Birds can be noisy. Birds sing and chirp, but they also squawk and screech. Not all of their vocalizations are soothing and pleasant; some can be downright ear-splitting. Take this into consideration, especially if you live in an apartment building.

Birds like space. Provide your feathered friend with the largest cage possible—no space is too big for a creature adapted to flying through jungles and across savannas. A typical cage for small birds should be about 25 inches tall and 25 inches from front to back.

Birds are sensitive to their environment. It is important to place your bird's cage in a warm, bright area, close to where the action is but away from drafts and direct sunlight. Avoid kitchens at all costs—birds are extremely sensitive to fumes from self-cleaning ovens and Teflon-coated cookware.

Birds are social butterflies. Birds can be every bit as loving and affectionate as dogs or cats. In fact, they should be taken out of their cages and handled every day for at least an hour. Daily exercise and ample out-of-cage time are the keys to a happy, well-adjusted bird.

Birds need exercise. Just like any other creature, birds can become overweight and unhealthy if they don't get enough exercise. It's important to let your bird out of his cage each day for free flight.

Birds are naturally clean. Like cats, birds are self-cleaners, as they preen their feathers daily. No smelly shampoos or flea baths for this feathered pal, keep up your bird's good looks with a simple nail trim.

Each species has its own specific characteristics and habits, so do some research into which bird would be best for you. Birds need proper nutrition, room to exercise and clean living conditions in order to be healthy and happy. Be sure to understand how to feed and care for your bird before you get one.

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