The Truth Behind the Cages

The Truth Behind the Cages

I took this picture because I liked the bird cages, I thought they looked cute, but the truth behind them is not so cute.

Cruelty against animals, Thailand
Bird Cages at Big Buddha Hill, Pattaya

Many people in SE Asia believe that if they release birds, it happens with other animals, like turtles, too, they will be awarded with good karma. Any bad luck they have experienced will be transported away with the animals and they will only receive good luck from then on. For Buddhists, this is a traditional way of life and one that has been carried out for centuries. Unfortunately for the wildlife, they have to be captured in the first place in order to be set free and, according to one article, 700,000 birds are used for this purpose every year.

The same article, written in July 2017, goes on to say that the Thai Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has begun to raise public awareness of just how cruel the releasing of birds and animals actually is and many temples have followed suit with signs encouraging people not to support the trade.

I guess time will tell whether these plans come to fruition but, in the meantime, even if you think that this act is “nice to do” please think of the animals and help to support the protection of wildlife. 🙂




10 Replies to “The Truth Behind the Cages”

  1. I’m not a big fan of anything caged, especially wildlife.

    I remember travelling through Indonesia for 4 months back in 1998 and seeing a tiny white fluffy monkey in a shoebox for sale in a market. I was desperate to buy and release the monkey back into the jungle. Although as there wasn’t much jungle left in the area due to clearing and Palm Oil, it would have been re-caught and re-sold. It was heart-wrenching.

    I also remember stumbling upon an animal park there and saw an elephant shackled to a pole with only a metre around him to walk, on concrete, and surrounded by concrete walls – I cried.

    Sadly, many Asian cultures are not kind to animals, regardless of the robe. You have to cut off the demand then the supply will die off. It doesn’t help that Mr Trump is lifting all the bans on wildlife trophies also but that’s another story! 🙁

    1. There is a weekend market here in Bangkok which has a pet section which I went to see, but after seeing the animals in such poor condition I had to get out. There was a parrot and it had no feathers and look downright miserable and there was a picture next to it of how it should look! Horrible! I had a similar experience to you, my friends and I were on Koh Samui and we walked passed a sanctuary so we decided to go in and there was an elephant who had no natural surroundings and it looked like it hadn’t been fed for a long time, it’s face was kind of sunken and you could see the contours of its skull. We left disgusted and so sad at how this poor creature was being kept. It’s such a shame. Thank God the tiger temple here has finally been closed, so that’s a step in the right direction. I think you were being polite when you said MR! LOL there is no hope for anything or anyone with him in charge!

      1. So true, sometimes the “sanctuaries” are not really sanctuaries but a cover name for another way of fleecing money out of tourists and locals.
        I heard that the Tiger Temple was closed down – I have to say, I never visited that place and so glad I didn’t.

        Yep, no hope of anything or for anything with him in charge – all about big business.

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