Just wanted to clarify something about animal shelters. Animals don’t have to be indigenous to require shelter. Many animals are in shelters because of irresponsible breeding, cruelty, and abandonment. House cats and dogs make up the bulk of the population in most shelters and they aren’t indigenous to BC. Shelters offer a haven for animals from every continent.
The “parrot recovery society” you refer to is the World Parrot Refuge.
The World Parrot Refuge houses about 700 parrots, most of them are former pets who were abandoned by their owners. They are extremely high maintenance pets, and a cage in a home designed for humans will almost always make make a parrot physically and emotionally ill. The symptoms of emotional illness in a parrot include screaming, self mutilation, and aggression. Eventually most people give up on them and they end up either being shuffled from home to home all their lives, or they end up in shelters. Yet breeders keep breeding them and pet stores keep selling them.
A government that makes no attempt to keep parrots out of the pet trade has a moral obligation to support the shelters in which the victims of this trade eventually come to live.
The loss of that $100,000 has severely restricted the WPR’s ability to care for the animals in their shelter. I urge you to visit the shelter and see first hand what their challenges are. It would make a very good story and would give your readers a more balanced perspective on this issue.