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Old 06-07-2017, 01:46 AM
 
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I have a friend that has a Quaker Parrot and...among other things she has taught it some curse words. For example, when I have talked with it, I have had it say "f you" to me numerous times, as well as other off-color things. My friend just laughs and thinks it's funny. But what do you think?
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Old 06-07-2017, 01:53 AM
 
Location: 49th parallel
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I do think it is abuse, because the result is that the parrot becomes unsaleable. Parrots live a long, long time, and might outlast their current owner, for different reasons. A parrot who is unsaleable has a bleak future.
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Old 06-07-2017, 04:38 AM
 
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I do think it is abuse, because the result is that the parrot becomes unsaleable. Parrots live a long, long time, and might outlast their current owner, for different reasons. A parrot who is unsaleable has a bleak future.
Abuse is doing harm to the animal. The parrot is clueless what those sounds mean to humans. There is zero abuse to the bird.

That it might prevent selling the animal to another human is a bit ironic. This is an animal that belongs in the wild and is now the captive pet/slave of humans. You are worrying about the resale value of a "slave." Maybe keeping such a bird as a possession is the abuse.
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Old 06-07-2017, 05:07 AM
 
Location: 49th parallel
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Abuse is doing harm to the animal. The parrot is clueless what those sounds mean to humans. There is zero abuse to the bird.

That it might prevent selling the animal to another human is a bit ironic. This is an animal that belongs in the wild and is now the captive pet/slave of humans. You are worrying about the resale value of a "slave." Maybe keeping such a bird as a possession is the abuse.
No, I'm not worrying about the resale value of the bird. I am worrying what will happen if a new owner cannot be found for a bird that cannot take care of itself. The abuse is further down the line and happens long after the original owner has died or got tired of the bird. Some people would just open the window and rid themselves of the problem.
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Old 06-07-2017, 05:34 AM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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Reminds me of a funny thing. When In graduate school, my wife had a parakeet. She taught it some words: Judy (her name), John (my name), Sam (the birds name), and the word loves. The parakeet would come out with all different combinations but it always stated with a name then the word loves, then another name. We always got a laugh about it.
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Old 06-10-2017, 05:42 AM
 
Location: Squirrel Hill PA
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Abusive? No.

Irresponsible and stupid? Yes.

But then birds are like kids. Sometimes they learn words you didn't actually intend on teaching them.
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