Large parrots have always been a point of fascination for people, they see them in shops, movies, on TV and they fall in awe. With more and more people buying these birds, comes more and more people breeding them to meet that demand, sadly though, the general public have a very poor understanding of the reality of owning these birds.
New Zealand is known worldwide for the progressive ideas around animal welfare. As part of my job, I have been fortunate enough to be involved in having inputinto many aspects of the welfare codes of practice, as interpretations of the Animal Welfare Act 1999. Veterinarians, scientists and the public are tasked with not only stewardship of this legislation but also the science that underpins the application of it.