A family friend is over, and in our discussions, he was looking at my pet birds on the table and stated that, “In superstitious homes, these would never be allowed. Because certain cultures consider them bad luck.” I stated that this was “ignorant thinking, and that birds are a crucial component to every ecosystem on earth.”
The reply I received was that this was “thinking like that is thousands of years old”, and it was “probably because birds carry parasites and lice.” How does the amount of time a belief has been held make it valid? And since when are birds the only beings on this Earth to carry parasites? Take a look at cattle egrets and other birds that help to eliminate ticks and lice off of larger organisms, or vultures, crows, and gulls, which clean up dead animals and other waste matter from our environment? Or how birds are not only pollinators, but also spread seeds more effectively than anything humans could invent, and are a vital part of nearly any food chain?
How much bad luck are they now?
Please, I only ask that you think before calling something I’ve dedicated a great portion of my life to, “bad luck” and “disease carrying”.
Without birds, our world would be drastically different.