CLICK IMAGE TO READ CALIFORNIA LAW FOR PET STORE HANDFEEDERS.
by Cherane Pefley
from the author: Cherane Pefley spent money for avian veterinarians to come to her home to teach her handfeeding practice as well, tube feeding and steel galvage feeding. Sanitation's and sterilization were a part of her life with the study and required education for renewal of license in cosmetology laws and regulations both in Florida and Indiana. Any good writer can get up on the Internet and paste 'how to's with claim of knowledge.
However, look at this from a different prospective, who taught the pet store worker in California before PIJAC course?
As I was one of the first to take this course, (1992) I'm of opinion that I can speak up with this type of 'training' learning on the Internet with regard to handfeeding unweaned babies.
I'm absolutely against any organization or individual teaching hand feeding on the Internet. The lack of hands on training by experienced (as 10 years) hand feeders has been for many years my concerned with Internet handfeeding articles/instructions. (How many have been friends to those who have written articles in teaching 'hand feeding on the Internet Web Sites and watched others use the articles as the solution to the plea of a member who has an un weaned starving baby with needing help from group members?)
I have supported PIJAC through the years for a couple of reasons.
1. Dr. Clubb was the instructor and author of the workbook and instructor in the seminars. In 1992 when I took the course, I understood this was the course one needed to be approved as a birdbreeder in our bird community.
2. Instant credibility? Instant credibility was not what I got on the Internet, by mail or phone. If anything, I have been threaten, beaten to a pulp and told to get off the Internet because I had/have that designation. Obviously, with my success as an Aviculturist I certainly didn't need this abuse and harassment nor do I credit that course, or designation to my success if anything I have lost because of the designation.
3. In 1992, this was the only training one could get (1992, I took the course).
4. This was/is the only organization to legislate for bird owners.
As a business owner for many years since 1964 I can feel for the pet store owner now between the bird owner and the California state laws regarding employee's having this designation, CAS in order to hand feed unweaned babies.
Lets look at this another way as I mentioned in my starting sentence. What regulated the Handfeeder working in the pet store before the CAS designation? Where do we start with educating the Handfeeder?
I'm concerned and not in favor at all with such a designation going to those who have an online training without practical training from an experienced Handfeeder.
Downloading the educational material for payment is not my idea of good training and approved by any state for the pet store employee to hand feed babies.
However, I'm just as concerned of bird breeders who have such 'How to hand feed' articles/training online and give this information to inexperienced buyers who have just purchased unweaned babies with making plea's to group members for help for a starving baby. Yet, another directs that buyer of the starving unweaned baby to that article as the solution.
This enabling the sale of unweaned babies as well the purchase of unweaned babies. Double talk! out of the mouth say 'don't sell unweaned babies' or ' don't buy unweaned babies' yet they have articles up on 'how to handfed'.
Aviculturist's, BEWARE of approaching liars who are after unweaned babies for various reasons. Check out the buyers request by asking for State license, occupational license, Retail tax number, drivers license. Check out their stories before you make that sale.
If, I suspect one iota of stories in conflict I do not sell and thus another reason why I have the questionnaire on the home page of this web site.
1. We, I suspect have many who approach us to purchase unweaned babies. The buyer make every attempt to intimidate, tell off and or make trouble for not selling unweaned babies right to last night with a breeder of macaws telling me they didn't need to go through me to purchase an unweaned baby. They could get one anywhere.
2. The general consumer who purchases unweaned babies might be given consequences that does not hurt the baby. I think the baby should be removed immediately and the buyer to be fined by legal authorities.
3. Buyer must take responsibility for such buys and consequences. If there is no market for unweaned babies....................well, I think the idea is across the line here that it is not just a breeders sale that is the problem.
3. Stop selling unweaned babies in all bird fairs and flea markets.
4. Stop selling unweaned babies period to anyone who might be considered general public.
The one response I do take time in giving to another with such a request is, ' why do you want to buy a dead bird' ? Another breeder gave me this reply.
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