And that nanay is why I can't train in my back yard
Jenny, to be honest I know what you mean. But I know that WE look after our birds very well and so do a lot of other owners. BUT there is always the darker side hmm. It's a shame. Many bad accidents etc have happened in falconry due to people not knowing what they're taking on and everybody is scared that someday it will be banned. I hope it isn't!
But as you say it seems to be worse in Europe and the UK... maybe it is because we don't have as many zoos etc as you guys do. There's a safari park and a zoo not that far from mine but they aren't everywhere. Like when I go to America there's SO many great places to visit. But here not so much. I do know though that Dudley Zoo the place by me that there was the horrible keeping of a killer whale. They had made a dolphin pool... I can assure you it was NOWHERE near the size of ANYTHING a dolphin never mind an orca to live in. I found this little thing in an article
Cuddles was moved, against all advice, to a hurriedly adapted dolphin pool at Dudley - slightly over 15m long and 6m wide and 3.5m deep on the left side of the castle bridge. It was totally inadequate for him , even by the standards of zoos in those days. Initially the plan was to build new dolphin and whale pools at Dudley, then to move him to Marineland in France, but in the end Cuddles suspiciously broke a rib in April 1974, the infection overtook him and he died a few days later.
Very sad isn't it. Thank goodness that zoos have developed since then. I mean look at the size of the tanks at sea world! However if you look at the Japanese 'sea world' the tanks aren't big enough at all. And sadly I remember seeing one video of a false killer whale (kind of like a huge all black slender dolphin) falling out of the tank. There was no room... VERY sad stuff.
I found some pictures of it
LOOK how small that tank is