DIVERSITY SHOULD BE OUR STRENGTH
Avianitarian of the Wild Bird Conservation Act off 1992
Febuary 2007, I was invited by a fellow Avianitarian to join Avicultural Society of America (ASA) organization after his viewing my web site www.bluemacaws.com where I share my twenty years of propagating the large Macaws. I accepted and joined as a paid “Sustaining Member” which I gladly accepted due to my success and achivements with propagating Blue Throated, Hyacinth, Golden Conures, Red Fronted, Scarlet Macws, and with preparing for acquisition of the Blue Headed Macaws I thought I would be part of the organization in education, conservation by captive breeding and a unity with other Avianitarians. I was buying a new facilty and thought I’d get some knowledge how to set up at my new property (at this time I was in a FEMA TRAILER on my property, I had lost everything I owned). I thought I could get help from the old timers with my move and setting up cages and Bird Buildings, thus, I also subscribed to his yahoo group when an invitation by Steve Duncan (President) to join his associated yahoo group called “ASABIRD. I gladly accepted that invitation and subscribed to his Yahoo list on March 2, 2007. However, my association with both ASA organization and ASABIRD yahoo group was short-lived to say the least with my being removed without any communication, reason or a chance to rebuttle or etc. I asked for my membership money to be returned when I realized I wasn’t benefiting communication nor anything else promised on their site as the sustaining member. Several months later I requested from someone on the ASA organization web site my membership card, phamlets and anything else due me as a sustaning member of ASA. My membership card is dated 03/2007 and I recieved the subscription package the later part of the year.
The NAY SAYERS came after me. There was NO intelligent conversation happenings only ONE WAY AND THAT was THE WAY OF THE NAY SAYERS with HATE messages directed at me even with my responding to inquiring members and ignoring the hate messages. Lies, hate and consequences were at my door step once I started to post on that group and the hate messages continued even though I had been removed. Yahoo groups cannot be monitered individually, the whole group must be monitered so the disclaimer is without merit as most of the Nay Sayers knew this would not happen to the group. Of course there will always be the goodie girls and boys that will not be much of a threat to the bullies on ASABIREDS or good old boys. Not so much as a bird/supply/equipment have I bought for any of these NAY SAYERS. The president and owner showed his YAHOOGROUPS members they’d get booted if they ever dare to really become true Aviculturists with being creative, intuiative and daring and have DIVERSITY to be different in our bird community then the same old boys. The president of ASA also showed the ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUP JUST HOW TO RID OF A GOOD BIRDBREEDER OF EXOTIC BIRDS. Go to that allparrots at yahoogroups and have a look at their messages how they are going to PROMISE STEVE DUNCAN A LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP IF HE KEEPS ME OFF THE ASABIRDS YAHOO GROUPS. GO TO PARROTS R US AT YAHOO GROUPS AND read how ASABIRDS AT YAHOOGROUPS MEMBERS CALL MY VIDEO’S PORN, HOW THEY BRAG OF WHAT STEVE DUNCAN RID OF ME. STEVE DUNCAN VALIDATED ANIMAL RIGHTS FOLK BY HIS ACTION OF REMOVING A SusTAINING MEMBER WITHOUT A WORD, COMMENT OR ANY COMMUNICATION OF MY REMOVAL, AND HERE IS THE REAL TREAT, FOR WHAT REASON OTHER THEN I’M DIFFERENT OR THE LINE OF DIVISION BY DEFAULT. YET THEY TOOK AND KEPT MY MONEY AS A SuSTAINING MEMBER. I called several months later and asked for the membership card and they sent me some fashioned booklets called their magazine. That is all I got from that organization that was positive. HATE MAIL AND LIES on that yahoo group by people who do not act like bird breeders. Now, my peers, business associates and clients that I brought to that organization all saw and acknowledged the abuse and hate done to me on ASABIRDS on another group and yet said not one word on ASABIRD yahoo group. ”Evil prevails when good men do nothing” I recieved email of them ‘defending me’ and I say to them, stop focusing on defending me, defend what is right for you and our birds. Redefinding the focus on how good you are when you said nothing to confront the group of haters doesn’t do a thing for our bird community. Wtih that said, for one to speak up on this ASA group and give credentials to those who are on other groups attacking me and what I represent with regard to copulating video’s as PORN and relating bird breeders that have programs of propagating exotic birds surely does damage to all Avianitarians and to alarm the AR.
“How do you know if you’re being bullied? \ What is bullying?
constant nit-picking, fault-finding and criticism of a trivial nature - the triviality, regularity and frequency betray bullying; often there is a grain of truth (but only a grain) in the criticism to fool you into believing the criticism has validity, which it does not; often, the criticism is based on distortion, misrepresentation or fabrication
simultaneous with the criticism, a constant refusal to acknowledge you and your contributions and achievements or to recognise your existence and value
constant attempts to undermine you and your position, status, worth, value and potential
where you are in a group (eg at work), being singled out and treated differently; for instance, everyone else can get away with murder but the moment you put a foot wrong - however trivial - action is taken against you
being isolated and separated from colleagues, excluded from what’s going on, marginalized, overruled, ignored, sidelined, frozen out, sent to Coventry
being belittled, demeaned and patronised, especially in front of others
being humiliated, shouted at and threatened, often in front of others
being overloaded with work, or having all your work taken away and replaced with either menial tasks (filing, photocopying, minute taking) or with no work at all
finding that your work - and the credit for it - is stolen and plagiarised
having your responsibility increased but your authority taken away
having annual leave, sickness leave, and - especially - compassionate leave refused
being denied training necessary for you to fulfil your duties
having unrealistic goals set, which change as you approach them
ditto deadlines which are changed at short notice - or no notice - and without you being informed until it’s too late
finding that everything you say and do is twisted, distorted and misrepresented
being subjected to disciplinary procedures with verbal or written warnings imposed for trivial or fabricated reasons and without proper investigation
being coerced into leaving through no fault of your own, constructive dismissal, early or ill-health retirement, etc
For further information on what bullying is, click here. For an answer to the question Why me?, click here.
How do I recognise a bully?
Most bullying is traceable to one person, male or female - bullying is not a gender issue. Bullies are often clever people (especially female bullies) but you can be clever too.
Who does this describe in your life?
Jekyll & Hyde nature - vicious and vindictive in private, but innocent and charming in front of witnesses; no-one can (or wants to) believe this individual has a vindictive nature - only the current target sees both sides
is a convincing, compulsive liar and when called to account, will make up anything spontaneously to fit their needs at that moment
uses lots of charm and is always plausible and convincing when peers, superiors or others are present; the motive of the charm is deception and its purpose is to compensate for lack of empathy
relies on mimicry to convince others that they are a “normal” human being but their words, writing and deeds are hollow, superficial and glib
displays a great deal of certitude and self-assuredness to mask their insecurity
excels at deception
exhibits unusual inappropriate attitudes to sexual matters or sexual behaviour; underneath the charming exterior there are often suspicions or intimations of sexual harassment, sex discrimination or sexual abuse (sometimes racial prejudice as well)
exhibits much controlling behaviour and is a control freak
displays a compulsive need to criticise whilst simultaneously refusing to acknowledge, value and praise others
when called upon to share or address the needs and concerns of others, responds with impatience, irritability and aggression
often has an overwhelming, unhealthy and narcissistic need to portray themselves as a wonderful, kind, caring and compassionate person, in contrast to their behaviour and treatment of others; the bully is oblivious to the discrepancy between how they like to be seen (and believe they are seen), and how they are actually seen
has an overbearing belief in their qualities of leadership but cannot distinguish between leadership (maturity, decisiveness, assertiveness, trust and integrity) and bullying (immaturity, impulsiveness, aggression, distrust and deceitfulness)
when called to account, immediately and aggressively denies everything, then counter-attacks with distorted or fabricated criticisms and allegations; if this is insufficient, quickly feigns victimhood, often by bursting into tears (the purpose is to avoid answering the question and thus evade accountability by manipulating others through the use of guilt)
is also … aggressive, devious, manipulative, spiteful, vengeful, doesn’t listen, can’t sustain mature adult conversation, lacks a conscience, shows no remorse, is drawn to power, emotionally cold and flat, humourless, joyless, ungrateful, dysfunctional, disruptive, divisive, rigid and inflexible, selfish, insincere, insecure, immature and deeply inadequate, especially in interpersonal skills”
“As Long As Cherane Cant’ Join”…written by co-owner of another yahoogroup.
This file is a must read, A LINE OF DIVISION BY DEFAULT
Hey, we do not have to worry about ANIMAL RIGHTS PEOPLE. WE HAVE BIRD BREEDERS AS LEADERS WHO CONDUCT THEMSELVES AS ANIMAL RIGHTS.. IF YOUR NOT IN THE GOOD OLD BOYS/GIRLS, YOUR OUT.
I’M THE EPITAMY OF AVICULTURE, WHAT EVER YOU SAID I DID, NOW WHAT? REMOVE ME! WHY? I’M JUST LIKE YOU as you TAUGHT ME.
Twenty eight messages I authored on ASABIRDS group. I downloaded to a folder of which (IF)deletion on ASABIRDS OCCUR by the owner, for the record the messages do have a ID numbers and deletion will show on activity.
Steve Duncan as president and owner of this bonified authentic ASA organization is a organized hateful and hurtful bullies. These people are not dumb, notice of late all the individuals that seem to be targeted one way or the other for topic of discussion of Diversity.
Please read my messages and you tell me is getting rid of the target is the answer? Or better to moniter the serial bullies and get them on the right path of Diversity is Strength within all who own and propagate birds.
Messages I authored and I avoid answering the NAY SAYERS and you’ll not find their bully messages here. You’ll have to join and read for yourself if their messages have not been deleted by now. Make no mistake, these people you can find and see their bullish ways on that group.
BELOW ARE MY MESSAGES I AUTHORED UNEDITED AND IN THEIR ENTIRITY . EDUCATED, INTELLIGENT AND THOUGHT PROVOCING ABOUT OUR PROPAGATING EXOTIC BIRDS.
Messages that I wrote as a SUSTAINING MEMBER OF ASA and a member of asabirds yahoogroups.
Sat Mar 3, 2007 10:16 am My first message
In the message below, I RESPONDED to a friend and a client of THREE of my Hyacinth Macaws that she purchased from me, two offspring from my pair I’ve had soon to be twenty years and an older male that was with me nine years. I had rescued the older Male from a Pig Auction with the win of $5,000. Nine years and over several grand later I sold Mikee to Brenda Piper for the $5,000 I paid at the pig auction. He was a dynamite of a Hyacinth Macaw when Brenda and Brad picked him up at Boston Airport from my arms to theirs.
Just one of many peers, cllients and collegues that watched what happened to me on this group of bullies. Not one of those weeds have bought from me nor have they talked to me on the phone, sold to me or in any way have contact with me.
Brenda Piper is a lady that I was HORRIFIED that she saw how I was treated by the goons on this ASABIRDS YAHOOGROUP.
“a side note:
I picked up a pair of Hyacinths from a zoo to have the story told to me of years gone by regarding selling,keeping and managing exotic birds.
We have come a long way, a very long way in this industry with managing, caring/keeping birds and the life of a bird today is far better then years in the past. By the same token, thanks to the pet industry our exotic birds have a fair price to afford better care by the Avianitarian and bird owner.
We do need to support those organizations that support us as propagators of all exotic birds”.
Explanation is in the link
“Barbara,No mistake. I felt we needed a new way to define what we do. The word â€˜Breederâ€™, for example, is used by those who raise animals which when paired produce offspring. Dogs are an excellent example. Contrast what it requires to successfully raise birds and you see a large difference. You cannot simply put two birds in a cage and babies roll out! I felt we needed to separate ourselves from those who can propagate creatures just by placing them together as opposed to those who take years understanding all the facets of our art. Consider the word â€˜Aviculturistâ€™. It comes close, but still misses the point. If you wish to be called an Aviculturist, just do it. No certification required. Part of what is needed is to find a way to gain recognition outside our small community. Recognition and respect. That suggested a program to certify folks so the name would have value beyond words such as â€˜Bappyâ€™ or â€˜FIDâ€™. Please visit www.avianitarian.org where this process is defined. Your comments are welcome. I tried to make the process easy and allow those who wished to be certified a clear path. In simple terms, if you already have been certified by PIJAC as a CAS and if you take the soon to be released AFA course, you’d qualify as a candidate for the testing process. Passing the written test would earn you the Certification as a Avianitarian. Webster has indeed accepted the definition: (Copied from their site.)Avianitarian (noun): Avianitarian is the person performing all of the following acts on Exotic Birds: 1. Propagator of exotic birds 2.Avicultural medical practice 3.Artificial incubation and hatching 4.Hand feeder, management in avian nursery 5.Bird data implementation program 6. Management in aviary and quarantine 7.Dietary and nutritional. So, am I a breeder? Certainly. Am I an Aviculturist? Surely. I am also in the process to become certified as a Avianitarian and I’d welcome and encourage any who wish to also be certified to do so. Am I a â€˜Bird Breederâ€™? Frankly, I think that terminology demeans what we do and assumes the process is far simpler and broader than it truly is. Anecdotally, I’ve enjoyed using this terminology to describe what I do. Specifically during a recent visit to my home by one of Floridaâ€™s Wildlife Investigators, Officer King. He understood the goal of the process and appreciated the significance. He indicated that
Florida would be interested in referring to that terminology and certification program. That could make a difference for us all. Certifying you as a practitioner rather than certifying your facilities is not a trivial difference.”
[asabirds] teaching vets…how too! In a message dated 3/11/2007 2:48:37 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, giggles@… writes:
This vet asked to come out and see our birds as they have never seen many of the different species, other than in books. I explained that would not be possible as we practiced a closed aviary concept and our birds were not open to the public.
“What do you do with your friends that have birds when they visit with you and your birds? Could you do the same with your vet?
I would never ever say this to my veterinarian. Taking a bird to a vets office leaves one open to virus and disease by way of auto, car keys, shoes, shoe rag (carpet) etc. hair and clothing and especially to the new owner.
I wouldn’t consider any vet that wants to visit my aviary and especially if in fact they are taking care of my birds off limits to my place. I would expect them to think it funny that I wouldn’t allow them inside my premises while they consider my being their client.
I do not consider this a ‘dark ages mentality from a license veterinarian for I’m sure they’ve been taught all the ways of sanitation, sterilization etc to avoid passing off disease.
In fact, I think taking a chick into a vets office is more of a ‘caution’ then a veterinarian to visit the aviary.
Your concept is a good argument of why MAP wouldn’t work in the breeders corner with a veterinarian needed for certification of the breeders establishment.
I might suggest you ask your veterinarian what he/she proposes to use for prevention of passing a virus, bacteria etc. in the way of protection for your birds and have him/her direct you.
We must remember a fact that veterinarians are our colleagues and here for us and our birds. If we allow friends who own birds to visit our establishment we cannot have any good argument for our veterinarian not to visit, for they are not the general public in my opinion. Our friends who have birds that do visit us are considered general public, not our veterinarians.”
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