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> Issue 9: October 2004 > Message from
the Executive Director: Thank You for Five Years of Change for Birds!
from the Executive Director
Thank You for Five Years of Change for Birds!
It is said that the one constant in life is change.
We are often unaware of change as it progresses on a daily basis; at
times it seems to have occurred overnight and at other times it seems
as if nothing has ever changed. We are sometimes surprised by change
and at other times frustrated that there is so little change. But when
one has the opportunity to step back and view things in a broader perspective,
change is clearly evident. Since MAARS reached its fifth birthday this
summer, I've been reflecting on how the past five years have brought
about enormous, positive changes for MAARS and avian welfare overall.
In fact, the progress MAARS has helped make is truly
awe-inspiring! Five years ago, the issue of displaced captive birds
was largely unrecognized in the humane community or by the public. Today,
captive birds are included on the agendas of many national animal advocacy
organizations and conferences. Veterinarians, humane societies, municipal
shelters, animal control agencies, law enforcement, and legislators
have all begun to recognize the complex challenges of caring for captive
parrots as the population of the displaced, unwanted, abandoned, neglected,
and abused continues to grow. MAARS has been in the forefront of many
significant gains; success has been achieved — and many avian
lives saved — because YOU have supported
Here, in this issue of MAARSianChronicles,
we are proud to share with you some of the latest highlights of MAARSian
life, work, and play:
Katie K9, professional dog trainer and host
of the The
Katie K9 Show on WFMP/FM 107.1 radio, will host MAARS'
Fourth Annual Gala Benefit Cocktail Hour, Dinner & Silent
Auction celebrating MAARS fifth birthday on Friday, November
5, 2004, at the beautifully elegant Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown
Minneapolis. The evening will feature sultry jazz, fabulous silent
and live auction items, an elegant gourmet dinner, a captivating
slide show, and many raffle items. As a MAARSianChronicles
subscriber, you are invited to purchase tickets at the reduced
$50 rate through 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 29! Tickets are
$65 thereafter. So, HURRY! Get
your tickets now!
After the U.S. Department of Agriculture
agreed in a 2000 court settlement to include birds, rats, and
mice under the Animal Welfare Act, lobbyists for the research
industry pressured Congress to amend the Act to eliminate birds
and virtually all mice and rats bred for research from the definition
of "animal" under the law. However, some birds, rats,
and mice are still covered under the law. The USDA has requested
public input before it proposes the necessary new regulations.
MAARS has been instrumental in composing comments supported by
Welfare Coalition (AWC) and other humane organizations. This
is the most significant development affecting birds since the
Wild Bird Conservation Act was implemented in 1992. Click
here to learn more and find out what YOU can do!
Veterinary students from the University
of Minnesota visited The
Landing recently to learn more about the issues of avian welfare,
why birds are surrendered to MAARS, avian health and wellness,
behavior concerns, and how they, as future veterinarians, can
better serve their avian patients and clients. MAARS vet, Dr.
Vicki Schulz, lead the class through the rigors of the two four-hour
on-site classes, demonstrating the avian exam, handling, and common
diagnostic and supportive care procedures. The students then had
the opportunity to collect history and perform exams on MAARS
birds with health or behavioral conditions. Vet tech students
from Argosy University and Minnesota College of Business/Globe
College also visited The Landing recently as part of their training.
Their visit was focused on how they can assist veterinarians,
provide information to clients, and relate to avian patients knowledgeably
Patronize your nearest Chuck
& Don's Petfood Outlet! Chuck & Don's has eleven stores
in the Twin Cities metro area selling high-quality food, supplies,
and other merchandise for your non-human family members. Chuck
& Don's fully supports the missions of MAARS and other rescue
and adoption/placement organizations and does not sell birds or
other live animals. Choose the humane alternative and support
them with your business! Click here
to read about MAARS Adoption Days at Chuck & Don's!
MAARS and the birds thank you for your ongoing
support of our organization and the positive changes we have helped
to bring about in avian welfare throughout our country and the world!
The changes you support have improved — and will continue to improve
— the lives of many parrots and other captive and wild birds.
Executive Director, MAARS