Importance of Respect in Parrot Education?
I have seen this site a couple times when typing specific questions into Google, but only now have I spent much time reading through your "Parrot Questions" pages.
If I understand correctly, this message board is a place to get advice from parrot owners and experts. However, I'm disturbed by some of the information given.
Tracie, upon closer review, your advice seems to be reasonable and carefully considered. You seem to remain respectful and be genuinely willing to help. That's fantastic.
Some others that regularly post are rude, make enormous assumptions and treat people very disrespectfully!
Because so much of my work involves educating those who are considering parrots as pets and those who already own parrots, I know it can be upsetting and frustrating to deal with those who don't have even have a basic understanding of parrot care or who impulse buy and then end up with dead birds because they couldn't afford or weren't will to pay an Avian vet. I scream into pillows on a fairly regular basis because of what I encounter, it's maddening.
That being said, as parrot advocates and educators we have a responsibility to find a way to effectively communicate with parrot owners...even the bad ones. In order to effectively communicate, you must find a way to be "heard". If you're rude and judgmental, the only thing that is likely to be heard is that you're rude, judgmental...and in my opinion, unprofessional.
If this happened on my page, I would immediately address a couple of these people and put an end to their really unnecessary sniping. I think you, Tracie and some others have a lot of great things to offer, but because of a few I will recommend that people use other resources, which is unfortunate.