I only became aware of this situation via the activism of a special friend who I have known and appreciated for close to twenty years. Erica Collins is a very charming, pleasant and highly intelligent lady with a compassion for all living creatures, but has a special love for our winged friends. I can even define that down a little more to parrots or similar species in particular, and is very involved in both their safety and welfare. Erica is the coordinator of Media and Events for Rhode Island Parrot Rescue … more on this organization as the story unfolds.
So lets start off by discussing parrots and like species of birds. Here is a special creature that holds the affection and wonder of many of us via their ability to truly comprehend their surroundings. They posses and can demonstrate a full range of emotions from fear to joy … and even love and affection. They can be mischievous and playful, or pouting and vengeful if provoked. They form bonds and display loyalty even beyond what is expected from our canine friends, while also displaying a significant amount of independence we normally associate with intellect. They can discern complex rhythms and patterns such as music and compound words and phrases. Far from just mimicking sounds (parroting) they associate and produce complex sound structures to illicit desired reactions in the same fashion humans do.
They walk on two legs, think in complex patterns, and communicate verbally in a surprisingly comprehensive fashion like no other creature on this planet except humanity.
But they have one huge advantage over us mere humans … they can soar unaided by technology through the skies looking down on humanity with either amusement, affection, or pity.
The story that unfolds for you below is one that hits someone like Erica especially hard because of her love and passion for these most special creatures. Please read the attached information and then see if you can find it in your heart to help … in any way possible. I truly believe we are all judged by the compassion we show for humanity as well as all this planets diverse creatures, much more than for our own self-serving accomplishments.
TLB never asks for donations … hell we don’t even have a donate button on this website, so for all those who wish to do something good and satisfying for this holiday season, I would ask you to help us put a huge smile on my friend Erica’s face by helping to secure a future for many of our precious winged friends. Thanks in advance from myself and The Liberty Beacon Project (TLB)!
When Love Hurts
By: Karen Windsor, Executive Director/Foster Parrots
On September 16, 2016 our associates from Rhode Island Parrot Rescue were called by authorities to the scene of what can only be described as Hell On Earth in Weston, Connecticut, where over 100 birds and between 40 – 50 snakes and reptiles were seized from the home of renown conservationist and exotic parrot expert, Daniel Kopulos. The smell of decay hung in the air and signaled the tragedy well before the house even came into view. Donning hazmat suits and respirators, rescuers entered the residence and began the heart wrenching task of pulling surviving birds from filthy cages… and pulling bodies from the debris.
Most perplexing of all was the fact that this happened at the home of one of the most well-known figures in the avicultural community. Owner of “Fauna NYC”, a high-end exotic bird shop formerly located on the upper west side of NYC, and the Executive Director of the Animal Preservation Alliance, Kopulos was a widely respected authority on parrot care and conservation. His fall from grace has stunned colleagues in aviculture and enraged the avian welfare community.
The Weston, CT, hoarding case was the third such case involving parrots to hit the headlines between June and September of this year. Authorities seized 400 animals, including 251 birds, from a Bellmore, New York, home in June. In July, 337 birds and 8 dogs were seized from the home of Cardiologist Dr. Abhay Trivedi in Dekalb Amazon survivor from the Weston, CT hoarding case County, Georgia. At least 30 dead birds were recovered from that home, with necropsies confirming starvation and dehydration as the causes of death.
Animal hoarding cases are impossible for most people to comprehend and are complicated to navigate legally. They can represent circumstances of extreme animal abuse and neglect, but are typically symptomatic of profound mental illness. Blind to the fact that animals are clearly suffering and dying under their care, hoarders believe they are saving and helping their animals. Hoarding cases are further complicated by the fact that animal cruelty laws and avenues to legal protection for animals are poorly defined or woefully inadequate in many states. And where intervention and prevention would clearly be more desirable than dealing with the tragic aftermath of hoarding situations, legal ambiguity and the energy, expense and expertise required to confront hoarders often deter intervention until those situations become extreme.
Nearly 3 months later The Rhode Island Parrot Rescue continues in their struggle to care for the 112 surviving birds in their modest facility, located in Warwick, Rhode Island. The on-going court case has prevented them from adopting or otherwise distributing the birds. The dedicated volunteers at RIPR are exhausted, but their commitment to improving the health of the rescued birds and erasing – at least on some level – the trauma that has been etched on the souls of these survivors is as strong as ever. Costs of food, veterinary care, toys and enrichments and general supplies continue to stretch RIPR’s limited resources. Rescue events like this require the participation of all of us in the avian care and welfare community. Please consider making a donation to help. Contributions can be made on-line through RIPR’s website at: www.riparrots.org
The original source of this article is … Foster Parrots December 2016 Newsletter
You don’t have to be a New England resident to donate to this worthy cause, so please consider doing so (TLB)
Rhode Island Parrot Rescue … Who We Are
We are an all volunteer 501(c)3 rescue in Warwick, Rhode Island, who are dedicated to the intake, rehabilitation, and adoption of unwanted, abused or abandoned exotic birds. If you need to contact someone please see the below numbers for the proper contact.
Please keep in mind that most of our volunteers work full time in addition to running the rescue and cannot always get right back to you. Please leave a message if you cannot reach someone with the BEST time to return your call.Hours to call are between 9AM & 5PM (unless it’s an emergency).
We adopt to the New England area only.
(401) 500-4925 Valerie Ashley / Director
(630) 506-3160 Corrie Butler / Facility Manager
(401)486-2178 Connie Lang/Volunteer Coordinator
(401) 578-5376 Erica Collins / Media, Events
NOTE: IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO ADOPT PLEASE CLICK THE ADOPT TAB AND READ THROUGH OUR PROCEDURES THEN COMPLETE THE APPLICATION ONLINE AND SUBMIT. *Please note we adopt to the New England area only. Primarily CT, MA, RI.*
Location: Rhode Island Parrot Rescue
2141 W Shore Rd.
Warwick, RI 02886
Visit the Rhode Island Parrot Rescue website HERE
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