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#130338 - 03/29/05 09:18 PM Help Foster Parrots  
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Annual Foster Parrots Fundraiser Appeal

Dear Friend of Foster Parrots,
Another year has passed and despite the many obstacles thrown into our path we have not only managed to keep going but we have made significant progress in our efforts to bring the unwanted bird crisis to the attention of the world. Some might call us idealists and poo-poo the fact that we hang on to our principals in the face of "reality" but there have been many days when our idealism has been what got us through to the next day.

"Wake up and smell the coffee", "get your head out of the clouds" and "what planet do you live on" are the common responses to our "we can change the world" attitude but we know that if we were to dwell on what is actually happening "out there" in the "real world" we would have all jumped off the nearest bridge years ago. We not only believe that we have made a big difference in this world, we also believe that we can change the world and all those who have abandoned their ideals for "reality". YOU have been a player in this cause and YOU have made a difference. Because of you the world IS different today and will be different tomorrow, for the better.

It is the "reality" of today, of the pet trade and of human nature's desire to make money at the expense of other living creatures, that is the most depressing "fact of life". If we were to abandon our ideals and give in to the pet trade, the breeding community and those who know the problem is growing but who still refuse to get involved, then they would not only win but win on the backs of the millions of parrots who will suffer their entire lives (however long or short they may be) in order to produce the profits and to satisfy our human need to own, possess and dominate life for our own self gratification. Some would like to label all of us here at Foster Parrots as "fanatics" but we like to count ourselves in good company with the fanatics who think that the wanton exploitation of the environment is wrong, the fanatics who believed whales need to be protected and the fanatics who believe that we all need to care for our fragile planet.

Please join us once more in another year's efforts. We have made great strides in the fields of conservation and education and your help is needed now more than ever. This year we are privileged to have a matching pledge of $25,000 to be used in our conservation efforts in Guyana thus doubling all donations, dollar for dollar.

Please click the following link to donate directly or mail your contributions to:

Foster Parrots Ltd. PO Box 650 Rockland, MA 02370

Donate Directly via Network for Good- No Trees Wasted.


Thank you so much for your ongoing participation. We have always considered your contribution as an incentive to do our best in caring for neglected and unwanted parrots. We hope to live up to all of the expectations of each and every one of our friends. Your support and donations are the fuel that allow Foster Parrots to continue. We thank you from the bottom of all 250 of our hearts!

Thank you friend,

Marc Johnson & Karen Lee, directors
Foster Parrots


Foster Parrots web: Click Here

#130339 - 04/23/05 05:43 AM Re: Help Foster Parrots  
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Can anyone help me out? I want to write a paper on the history of parrot domestication (or, if they're not considered to be truly domestic, then simply human-parrot relations) for a class I'm taking on animal domesticaion in human history. I want to start at the beginning - when, where, and why were parrots first brought into captivity? Were they kept as pets? Were they used as messengers? What's with the whole pirate having a parrot stereotype? Was it real? I feel like there would be tons of interesting things to talk about but I don't know where to find the information. Please e-mail me if you have any ideas for books I should find or reliable websites to look at. RL2013@barnard.edu or Beecals@aol.com.

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