Assisted Living Center Gives Its Parrot a Happy Retirement

July 2002

PETA was contacted about a parrot named Chico kept alone in a cage at a retirement home called Seashore Gardens in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The center considered Chico part of its pet therapy program. We wrote to Seashore Gardens to ask that Chico be allowed to live out the remainder of his life in the comfort of a sanctuary, where he could fly and socialize with other birds, and we posted an action alert on our Web site. Thanks to all who contacted them, Seashore Gardens officials agreed to allow PETA to arrange for Chico’s relocation to a bird sanctuary, and from now on, they will use only dogs and cats in their pet therapy programs.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind