I have decided to delete any posts that refer, directly, to bird auctions. As much as we hate them, they are legal and we are not going to stop them. It is easy to find them, just search. Our main goal should still be to discourage breeding because auctions are just another problem for birds which are over bred. Breeding is the illness, everything else is just a symptom.
Another reason to delete these posts is to minimize the amount of publicity that these people get. A large board like Mytoos can cause a huge number of "clicks" and traffic. Publicity is also a mechanism to alert and congregate pity purchasers. We do not want to be a part of that. Money is still changing hands. The symptom may appear to be relieved but the illness still rages.
I am not criticizing anyone that made such a post, just trying to explain why we feel it is not in the best interest of the birds to participate in these things.
I totally agree Charlie, we have the same policy at FTB. While the intentions of the poster may be noble and good, the sad fact is that these auctions and pity purchases will continue as long as we give them the publicity they seek, and a venue. They KNOW that bird people have huge hearts and prey on them, hoping we will feel such pity for the birds, we will do anything to get the birds out of the situation they are in.
Pity purchasing is only lining their pockets with more money. As hard as it is, we have to resist the impulse to put more money into their hands. And even if we are protesting an auction, they KNOW they are still getting publicity and they don't care how they get it.