Ask Retirement Home to Do Right Thing for Boxed Birds

Broadmead, Inc., has long kept intelligent, inquisitive finches in this bleak, stagnant box, with no chance to exercise or simply be birds.
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Broadmead, Inc., a retirement community in Cockeysville, Maryland, has for years displayed confined birds in cruel, unnatural conditions, as if they were nothing more than ornaments. While the birds are presumably kept for residents’ enjoyment, most residents have no interest in viewing them. In fact, deep concern for the birds’ poor quality of life is a source of great sadness for some at Broadmead.

Update: In September 2013, Broadmead was notified by a veterinarian that one bird was listless and appeared ill. It has been reported to PETA, but denied by Broadmead, that at least one bird died shortly afterward. Please take action now to end the birds’ deprivation and suffering.

The finches imprisoned in this depressing display barely have room to move around and are denied the chance to fly or exercise. Native to grasslands and wooded areas, Broadmead’s finches have access to neither. They are locked inside a glass box with stagnant air that compromises their respiratory systems.

PETA is told that the box is designed and the birds are owned and maintained by Robin’s Nest Aviaries, Inc.—and that only twice per month does anyone restock the finches’ feed, clean the box, or even try to check on the finches’ health. Between cleanings, waste and bird feces are allowed to accumulate in the litter–like substrate and the exposed food bowl on the floor of the box. If an emergency were to call for evacuating the premises, no one at Broadmead could swiftly assist the birds or get them out quickly since the box is apparently locked.

Month after month, the birds are given only seeds to eat and none of the fruits, vegetables and grains that members of their species crave and enjoy. They have no water to bathe or preen in—basic behavior that is vital to their health and well–being. They are exposed to unnaturally long periods of bright, artificial light and denied the darkness and privacy critical to their psychological health. In this bleak box, these inquisitive animals have no toys and no stimulation whatsoever.

Pleas from inside Broadmead to let these birds live like birds have fallen on deaf ears. In early May, Broadmead Associate CEO Thomas Mondloch assured PETA that Broadmead would implement “ASAP” the well–thought–out animal–welfare guidelines published by The Eden Alternative, a nationally renowned elder-care organization, but recent photos and inspections have shown the depressing glass box in the exact same state in which it was found last November. PETA has repeatedly offered to assist Mondloch, Broadmead CEO John Howl, and Broadmead Director of the Lifestyle Program Harriet Ambrose with the birds and provided Broadmead with extensive information on ways to enrich its residents’ lives without keeping any animals confined.

These birds need your help today—before it’s too late.

Please politely urge Mondloch, Howl, and Ambrose—for the sake of the birds and all of Broadmead’s residents—to work with PETA to do what is best for these birds and to do away with keeping exotic animals for good.

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