Legacy of Grief: Parrot “Refuge” (Part 6 – 2016)

June 2016 – All the Little Tyrants …

VANITY: the cause of every evil that exists in the world.

When you have out-lived a Tyrant,
do not become a Tyrant yourself.

Though none can be found to actually fight evil
… multitudes SUDDENLY appear to voice
their collective opinions;
trumpeting their support and accolades
of those who arrive to clean up the battlefield –
ONCE the Conflict is Over.

Battlefield scavengers that are viewed as great heroes
and amass a following of eyelid-fluttering followers –
having conveniently ignored the existence
of those who originally stood to fight tyranny –


We were genuinely perplexed as to why
– ( when on premises to search for any information
about our birds, on the 2nd of July, 2016 ) –
there were so few ‘rescuers’,

And why local folk whom we would have expected to be there,
were nowhere to be seen.

WE had travelled 5 hours to find out information about our birds
– only to find that, clearly, none was forthcoming that day.
But where were the masses of Local People
whom we had fully expected to be present ?

When I asked the spokeswoman for the little group
that was orchestrating the rescue, about the whereabouts
of several hundred blind, disabled, and injured birds
that had filled the ‘porta-cabin’ that passed as a filthy “Sick Bay” –
I was told – “We don’t know.”

Here were a small group of people complaining about
the vast amount of work that had to be done …
in a short space of time;

and dozens more whom I expected to be there
– were nowhere in sight;

hundreds of birds seemingly vanished;

and no one was willing to speak about any of it.

Something, it seemed, as we began
the 5-hour journey back to our house …
was very wrong here.

Help me to understand the mentality of people today;
because what now passes for “normal” human behaviour
has long passed the point of being disgraceful.

World Parrot “Refuge” – July 2016

Two years ago, I made a public plea for people
living in a certain locale, to help me to bring
world-wide awareness and government intervention
to an animal “refuge” where human-habituated birds
were disappearing, dying, and existing without human affection;

to help me to bring massive PUBLIC awareness,
rather than waste time with past futility of locals
in sending letters to community ‘news’-papers
and minor politicians.

Not one of those local people who had
‘inside’ first-hand information would lift a finger to help.
Some, complained that to do so, would add … “stress”
… to their lives.

One woman did provide me with a detailed
witness testimony; but one was certainly not enough
for me to formally approach media, governments,
and corporations worldwide.

I needed Witnesses – and those witnesses
were too conscienceless and pathetic
to stand up and save 7-, 8-, or 900 birds from misery,
illness, and death.

Disgusted, I made the Prediction (in August, 2014) that
– should anything happen to end the misery of birds
in that “refuge” –

a legion of apathetic, hand-wringing hypochondriacs
would suddenly emerge from the darkness …
and jump on the bandwagon to declare their repulsion
of the abuse that had gone on.

Abuse which … in 2014, THEY did
absolutely NOTHING to stop.

Two years later, upon the death of the person responsible
for the infliction of such massive misery upon these captive birds
leaving this world for eternity,

the pretentious bureaucrats of the “SPCA”
saw Easy Pickings and (now) took interest
(for the first time in ten years);
and a (Mainland) ‘bird club’ was chosen
to move the few remaining birds out,
in order to find them new homes.

Within days, the very disgusting circus of hypocrisy
that I had predicted in 2014 – was in full swing.

In June of 2016, Facebook was alive
with back-slappers and well-wishers galore
… all who had been silent when sought by me to ‘stand up’
in 2014 – when hundreds of birds might well have been saved
from disease, distress, and death.

Whilst inexplicably mystified why one group
of caring Vancouver Island ‘bird folk’ were excluded
from the rescue operation, I noticed one thing (that I found to be)
utterly disturbing …

Following a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
[ CBC ] “news” article, announcing that
birds needed to be homed or they would be euthanized,

a Notice was posted on the Facebook ‘page’
of those who had been authorised
to remove the surviving birds:

In the most officious prose, it glibly declared that,
should anyone show up in person,
the bird club people “… would be more than happy
to call the [ Canadian Police ] to have you removed.”

More than happy.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
presented several “articles” to their readers,
in a typical blend of media mutilation of facts,
gross presumption, generalisation, and supposition …

… all clothed in that panic-inducing, fear-mongering,
21st-century ‘standard’ of “journalism” … which is designed
to terrify the simple-minded,
and generate fear and panic in all:

a rhapsody of theatrical frenzy about time running out,
and birds being euthanized if they did not find a home.

Given the modern mentality of whatever is on TV
or appears ‘in the press’ is instantly believed without question,
one could hardly – (reasonably) – be ‘calling the police’
on well-meaning, panicked folk

who truly believe [ The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation says it !!! ]
that parrots without a home will be killed;
yet they – earnestly seeking to help,
are here being told to Go Away … ???

Those who find themselves in authority MIGHT
have the empathy to explain a matter fully,
BEFORE threatening to ‘call in’ the pepper-spray,
Taser, and handcuff brigades.

“We have 1,440 emails waiting to be answered !!!”

Fine- have four people set themselves at a desk
and each lose half a night’s sleep: 4 hours, 240 minutes,
4 people – 3840 minutes — allowing a brief reply
of 3 minutes per inquirer: there is almost a thousand inquirers
helped in one swoop.

Answer the emails.

BUT Do Not co-operate with ‘The Press’ in shining a spotlight
and portraying melodramatic panic.

Sit down and present a daily ‘update’ bulletin board
FROM Day 1 – so that people who do not think clearly
can be made AWARE that there are considerations
such as bureaucracy, quarantine,
and time required for the task.

But –

‘More than happy’ … ‘RCMP’ … ‘have you removed’.

That was PRECISELY the type of imperious temperament
that characterised the … dictatorial narcissism
and brutality of the old regime:

“Get in my way, and you will regret it.”

“Well” (I hear an outraged symphony of support),
“they are racing against time, and cannot be wasting it
answering the questions of people who show up !!!”

My experience with That Place, extended back to 2006 –
LONGER (with every willingness to be corrected)
THAN ANYONE currently involved in the 2016 bandwagon:

and – whilst I am UNcertain whether members
of different Vancouver Island-area bird-clubs
were asked to help with the work of moving birds,
I certainly KNOW that MY own OFFER to be put to work
– although acknowledged [ “we can always use help” ]

… was never accepted:

at NO point during the subsequent two weeks,
was I ever given a time or place to meet
and be an extra pair of experienced and willing hands.

Closed Club? Members only? I cannot say.

But what WAS evident, in July of 2016,
were the clarion cries of that predicted Facebook ‘bandwagon’,
extolling veritable adoration upon these brave, demi-god folk

who were so valiantly struggling to remove whatever birds
had survived the 12 year reign of terror of that place.

Precisely … WHERE … WERE … THESE outspoken,
opinionated defenders of mercy in 2014 ???

Because those who ‘Knew Where the Bodies Were Buried’
were scared stiff of the warehouse regime;

while neurotic hypochondriacs stood on the side-lines,
in 2014, wringing their hands, saying:
“We must not disturb things too much:
we must think of the birds that are there”.

Well, I — WAS — thinking of the birds that were there !!!

And, your “concern” left two birds
(of whom we are aware, thanks to the moral backbone
of one young volunteer in 2015),

to suffer unimaginable torment of each having a foot removed
at the neglect of medical aid from The Owner
and her ‘staff’ of arrogant, incompetent minions.


Well done.

Nothing much to say Back Then
when animals were suffering neglect, dirt,
disappearance, and disease —

and there truly WAS a Battle to be fought.

But once real conflict is removed;
once the struggle is now a mere re-homing
of the FEW survivors … legions of gutless wonders
swarm from the shadows of Facebook,

and begin to strut in a deluge of cloying Internet comments.

Real heroes.

PLENTY to say now, haven’t you ???

Where were you in 2006? 2008? 2010?

Because, I cannot recall having met any of YOU
when my wife and I were scrubbing flights,
cleaning cages, sweeping,
mowing, and weeding;
serving as tour guides,
tending the wounds of bitten and bleeding visitors,

and giving human contact and affection
to human-habituated birds
who were desperate for (but receiving no)
human contact,

for Eight Years before we were banned
for challenging the competency of the incompetent.

And, once I was banned from That Place
for DARING to insist upon an answer
for what happened to our birds –

and came to Facebook to call for witnesses and moral
(Yes – “moral” – you know, a conscience … ?) support
to have every newspaper, corporation, tourist board,
and government that had a postal delivery service,
made aware of what went on there —




in 2014 ?

I certainly saw NONE of YOU
willing to stand up to a determined, narcissistic tyrant
during the past two years.

But suddenly – Once there is NO Conflict left – – –
there you are … the lot of you.

Making your opinions known.

And – Oh, the stream of infantile, lip-pouting comments:

How you do not have any time for “people who complain”,
for negative thinkers … for anyone who criticises –

Of course not:

YOU are ‘in charge’ now … Through NO effort of your own.

Now, all is as it should be …
and No One had better cross Your paths.

It’s how you salve the conscience: isn’t it ?

How you wipe away the Reality of having DONE NOTHING
when there actually was a battle still being waged ?

No time for ‘criticism’.

Because it gets in the way of Vanity, doesn’t it?

Simply stand back and observe (even just) the last 30 years:
All those special-agenda groups who whine
and wail for “Equality” … once they get it,
are the very last to give equality to anyone
whose philosophy differs from them.

They have no interest in ‘sharing’ … they want it ALL !

But, perhaps, I am … “unreasonable” … ?

What a nasty, bitter, horrible man !

Not displaying enough 21st century,
fuzzy-wuzzy, subjective, feel-good sentiment?

Let me remind ALL of you Heroes Who Did




Mattered …

It is OUR Birds that are DEAD – Not Yours !!!

You spend several years watching YOUR animals
being abused through neglect, while bystanders

who COULD help,

And see how that affects you.

The 21st century:
the Age of the Armchair Hero.

Utterly ludicrous.

It is disgraceful to realise the lack of conscience.
with which multitudes can live.

A man whose family had been murdered at Auschwitz
stated to an interviewer, that he did not blame Hitler,
or Himmler, or Mengele;

BUT that he blamed the butcher, and the baker;
the postman, and the shop-keeper who – once they
were issued with uniforms, and given authority –

proceeded to show just how pitiless, brutal,
and malicious, they really were beneath the veneer
of every-day ‘life’.

The merest position of authority ALWAYS
strips the pretence from a self-serving narcissist,
and transforms him into a raging despot.

And once such individuals see themselves as
‘on the winning team’ —
they become the most BRUTAL tyrants of all.

The sheer HYPOCRISY of modern humanity.

Why was all the help that COULD have been found,
not invited to attend ?

And why is adulation being so freely distributed
– and accepted ! –
by people who never ‘stood up’ before ?

Where we all the ‘heroes’ in 2014 ?

wringing their hands;
doing Nothing of substance.

Had multitudes even the resemblance of a working,
moral conscience, there would be a lot less ‘celebrating’,
and a good deal more soul-searching and regret
in many who imagine themselves to be “compassionate”.

More pierced consciences
would move people to meaningful effort,
instead of invented excuses.

And that would result in far less misery

in the world today.

My wife and I acknowledge the efforts of ONE man
who has done all he can to find out what happened to Wallace;
and who (in correspondence) has several times,
expressed trepidation – that, he had to “be careful” –
and so shall remain nameless here.

Yes, of course, some have made efforts:
writing to local politicians: trying to do something:
but as for the bulk of those
‘jumping on the bandwagon of conceit

in June and July of 2016:

Take a look in a mirror …
and ask your reflection
(If you can summon the Integrity) –

WHERE were You
when corporations Could Have Been notified,
media informed, and politicians presented
with formally written letters for help;

When hundreds of birds COULD HAVE been saved …

While YOU sat there


Hypocrites. Every Last One of You.

P Livingstone
Parrot Refuge
July 2016