On page 158 in the "Comfort Zone" section of the December 2002 Issue of "O, The Oprah Magazine," interior designer Diane Love suggests using a live bird in a cage as a decorative accent to give a room "global appeal." This is possibly the most inane, insensitive recommendation
I've ever read.
The bird shown in the photo is a Senegal Parrot, and the cage shown appears to be wrough iron.
The "Shop Guide" on page 244 of the same issue of "O" mentions that the cage was $95.00 and
was purchased from Imports of Marrakesh. The caption on the photo says: (edited) A few exotic
accents add to the enchantment: palms, brass trays, a bird in a gilded cage."
Please write to the folks at "O" to express your concern about their recommendation to use birds or other live animals as home decoration. Be
sure to mention what destructive, messy animals parrots are, that they are wild, exotic
animals with extremely demanding care needs, and how more and more are entering rescues each year because people buy them on impulse with no
understanding of the commitment their care requires.
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