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As parrot enthusiasts we cannot deny the sad fact that there are many unwanted parrots looking for homes in this country and my motivation for joining a rescue charity was to try to help these birds find a happy and contented life. Little did I know that the world of parrot rescue was more fraught with bickering, back stabbing and egotistical behaviour than the House of Commons.


for a parrot refuge, something I threw myself into wholeheartedly, working as an area coordinator, the newsletter editor and finally becoming a trustee of the charity. As parrot enthusiasts we cannot deny the sad fact that there are many unwanted parrots looking for homes in this country and my motivation for joining a rescue charity was to try to help these birds find a happy and contented life. Little did I know that the world of parrot rescue was more fraught with bickering, back stabbing and egotistical behaviour than the House of Commons. Just over a year ago I decided enough was enough when I, along with four other trustees resigned, not because I felt I could no longer help unwanted parrots find the homes they needed but because I was sick and tired of the rigid, know it all attitudes of others working in parrot rescue. In particular one very prevalent


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attitude infuriated me more than any other, and this was the belief that parrot breeders are solely to blame for the vast quantity of unwanted and neglected birds which need to be re homed every year. Over and again I was told by different members of the organisation that ‘there wouldn’t be a problem if breeders didn’t


or those of you who have read my previous articles, you may be aware that for the past six years I have worked


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