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LAWSUITS AND WAIVERS WILL HELP
looking at damage to a lady's lip after being bitten by a large cockatoo.
picture was taken some 10 days later, but you can see the bird took off
a large chunk. They were worried that the blood flow to the removed portion
would not return. Lucky for her, it did.
who have noses or ear pieces removed are not unusual. This is why I stress
not having these large birds around children especially. One man has already
found out the hard way — a Moluccan had removed his 8 month old daughter's
index finger. These "cuddly" creatures can change in a split second, no
matter how tame they are or how long you've had them.
not a lawsuit kind of guy. I think many "accidents" are the
fault of the person involved and not someone else. I think we all should
take responsibility for our dumb mistakes. Now, having said that, I ALSO
think that when the public has been misled and misinformed by a seller
of a "product", that seller should be responsible for their actions! You
can surf the internet or visit many pet shops and breeders where you will
be told that "Cockatoos are the cuddliest of all the parrots and are great
birds for the entire family". This is not only an outright lie, but
is a statement that will come back to haunt both the seller and the owners
of these birds.
walked into many pet stores where the parrots were housed in an open topped
display area in the middle of the room. I've seen children torment these
poor birds. I've also seen birds bite children (an adults) to the point
of bleeding. I know of one owner who's insurance was canceled because he
refused to house his birds in a safe area where this type of situation
cant happen. This guy knows that unless you can interact with a bird....
then more than likely that bird will sit there forever. The only way pet
shops can even sell these birds is to make sure they're young enough that
"adult habits" haven't surfaced yet. We all know that even baby lions are
cuddly when a few weeks old, but they soon grow up to be a danger don't
they? So the odds of selling an adult parrot is no where near the odds
of selling a baby.
NO MATTER HOW TAME A BIRD IS, IT IS STILL A WILD ANIMAL.
received so many letters from people injured by these birds (and other
large parrot species) — I've lost count. It's especially sad when a small
child is injured to the point of mutilation. Most of these people were
duped by the pet store or breeder into believing that "this is a great
pet for the entire family". The problem is that often the bird they purchased
is a baby, and it will take 2 to 6 years for the problem to surface. By
then, the statute of limitations has probably run out. (Check with your
attorney on this). But nonetheless, if you or someone in your household
is injured by an animal that was sold to you with the express implication
that it is the perfect pet for the family, my advice is to SUE THEM FOR
ALL THEY HAVE!
is the ONLY way we are going to convince these liars that we mean business,
and that to misinform us for the almighty dollar will not be tolerated!
Think about it: You are not even sold DRY-CLEANING without a warning on
every bag that it could be a danger to your child. But they will sell you
an animal that can take out a child's eye or finger so fast that you wont
know what happened!
see a WAIVER being required in the near future. A waiver is
a legal instrument that many businesses use to avoid future lawsuits in
the event a product or service they're selling proves to be dangerous.
If pet shops and breeders were forced to use waivers, then two things would
happen: 1) They'd be forced to tell the truth about what might happen by
purchasing their birds and the dangers involved and 2) Making this information
known, in and of itself, would curtail the market for these birds. (Boy,
they'd hate to have to do that!) Keep one thing in mind: A waiver can only
be signed by someone of age to make a legally binding contract. This means
that once you sign it, YOU are then responsible for any injuries to your
children or anyone else. In other words, you have been warned and now the
ball is in your court. I hope waivers are soon required.
the meantime, if anyone is injured by a bird that a pet shop or breeder
has sold them under the guise of being "the perfect pet for the entire
family", I will be happy to be an expert witness in the trial. That's just
how strongly I feel about this issue.
pet shops, especially big chain stores — be on notice that your actions
will not be tolerated any longer. Tell people
the TRUTH... or face the lawsuits that you so richly deserve, because innocent
people don't deserve to be injured.