View Full Version : Demo against NJ bird store coming up!

June 2nd, 2008, 12:31 PM
WHAT: Peaceful Demonstration against Bird Paradise
WHEN: Saturday, June 21, 2008 from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
WHERE: Public right of way in front of Bird Paradise, 551 E Rt. 130 S, Burlington, NJ 08016


Every year thousands of birds are bred and sold by one of the largest bird stores in the nation: Bird Paradise. Pet store birds are deprived of their natural environment and often imprisoned in cages. Even the most well intentioned person cannot provide for the needs of any bird. Bird Paradise brags about having thousands of birds for sale. On their own Web site, they claim they are the "World's Largest Bird Store". Let's tell them that profiting from the exploitation of birds is not something to be proud of.
Signs and leaflets are provided. Parking is available on the side streets next to Bird Paradise. Please do not drive/walk through Bird Paradise's parking lot or grass lot.

If you cannot attend the demonstration, but would still like to help birds, please take a minute to send an email to the local papers. Ask them to cover the demo and feel free to add your thoughts about keeping birds in captivity, profiting from breeding, etc...

The Courier Post
The Burlington County Times

June 2nd, 2008, 01:46 PM
Fine. But just wondering: do you eat chicken? Do you eat eggs? Turkey? Sleep on a down filled quilt and pillow?



June 2nd, 2008, 04:08 PM
Profiting from breeding, eh?

Too many jokes from that!!!! ;)

Although I can sympathize with the maltreatment of animals, just breeding them and selling them is not, in my mind and the minds of many MANY others, that heinous a transgression against the laws of nature that warrants a general protest of the practice.

It just fails to illicit any sense of guilt whatsoever from the general public.

I appreciate your feeling for birds on this, but isn't there something more important to protest than the sale of pets? :confused:

June 7th, 2008, 12:31 AM

To answer your questions: No. Most, if not all, of the advocates participating in the demo thus far are vegan, meaning we don't eat animals or use animal products.

On a personal note, I love my down alternative pillow!!

August 23rd, 2008, 01:34 AM
*NEWS RELEASE* Contact: Marianne Bessey


Committed Concerned Citizens Continue Compassion Crusade this Weekend

August 21, 2008, Burlington, N.J.: In their nonstop campaign to silence criticism of the multi-million dollar bird trade, representatives of Bird Paradise contacted the employer of one of the lead advocates to require removal of information from the website. Undeterred, advocates vow to continue their efforts to expose bird suffering with another demonstration at the store this weekend.

The most recent action was unprecedented: Employers of the advocates involved in the campaign to help raise awareness of the suffering of birds in captivity are unrelated in any way to the campaign, yet Bird Paradise representatives didn't hesitate to attempt to harass and intimidate demonstrators by contacting at least one employer to request that action be taken to require the removal of information. The employer declined the request. It is unknown how many total employers were contacted.

What: Demonstration to Highlight Bird Suffering
When: Saturday, August 23, 2008, 3:00 p.m.
Where: Public Right of Way in front of Bird Paradise, 551 E. Rte 130 South, Burlington NJ

Bird Paradise's attempts to suppress free speech began in January, when store owners requested local police to remove demonstrators from public property outside the store. Continuing their campaign to squelch dissenting opinion this spring, Bird Paradise owners next filed a civil lawsuit in New Jersey Superior Court to prevent the next planned demonstration. When even this effort failed (the ACLU stepped in to represent the demonstrators and the lawsuit was dismissed), things turned ugly when one of the owners, Kathy Lance, assaulted a demonstrator during the first demonstration in April, causing cuts and bruises and requiring emergency medical treatment.

After she was videotaped attacking the demonstrator, Lance fled the scene but local police helped to identify Lance as the person who attacked the demonstrator, and assault charges were filed against Lance. Hours later, Lance filed a statement claiming the demonstrator "stepped on to the property of Bird Paradise with camera in hand" and filed charges against the demonstrator for assault, harassment, and trespassing. In court last month, all charges against the demonstrator were dismissed (the ACLU and esteemed attorney William H. Buckman donated their services to represent the demonstrator at no charge), and Lance pled guilty to a lesser charge. Ms. Lance's legal counsel requested the judge to prohibit communication of the guilty plea outside of the courtroom, but the judge refused.

"Bird Paradise is trying desperately to deflect attention from the true issue here, which is birds are wild animals that suffer greatly in captivity," said local advocate Marianne Bessey. "Even the most loving bird owner can't meet birds' needs to fly and flock. Stores like Bird Paradise continue the cycle of abuse by selling thousands of more birds, even when so many birds already suffering in captivity desperately need good homes."