Avian welfare is a very important and complicated area. AAV members deal with welfare-related issues on a day-to-day basis (rehoming of parrots, poultry care (in private practice and industry), providing foraging opportunities, wing trims, diet recommendations, care in shelters, and the list goes on…). The Avian Welfare Committee is open to all AAV members interested in working on projects dedicated to improving the welfare of birds. The committee provides a forum for members to discuss welfare issues related to pet birds, bird sanctuaries/shelters, industry, and poultry, among others. Members of the committee provide Facebook page content, review/contribute to AAV welfare related projects, and help find speakers for our annual conferences. Meetings are held annually at the AAV conference and we have ongoing discussion through the AAV Welfare Committee Facebook page.
In an effort to help minimize the spur of the moment purchase of inappropriate pets, we are in the process of developing a handout on the husbandry requirements of domestic ducks that can be distributed to feed stores around Easter.
We are reviewing a handout on parrot care that will be made available to shelters that are not familiar with their husbandry requirements.
We are looking forward to a welfare session at ExoticsCon.
Would you like to help?
Do you have an idea of how AAV can help promote avian welfare?
Do you know of any potential speakers that might bring insight on welfare topics to members at a future conference?
Please join our Facebook page and let us know.
We are looking for volunteers to help develop and implement projects. We always welcome members posting thoughtful and respectful welfare-related content on the Facebook page.
I look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!
The Welfare Committee Chair is Anneliese Strunk, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (Avian). She is the medical director at the Center for Bird and Exotic Animal Medicine in Bothell, WA. Please contact her for more information.