totnoaa asked: Its not really an ask, but still.. I can see that you really love animals and care about them, but i don't know I still feel conflicted with what you do..I work at a wild animals hospital which our purpose is to take care of wild animals and bring them back to the wild.I really believe wild animals belong to the wild, and falconry isn't really my thing lets say that this way haha (against it). But probably it doesn't really matter, cause you will keep doing what you love and I'm nobody to you:)
There is no reason to be against falconry… and I have to say I am surprised that a wildlife rehabilitator would feel that way (falconers have been critical to several rehabilitation facilities). Falconers are beneficial in endless ways; not just for wild birds, but in conservation, rehabilitation, environmental education, pest control, cultural enhancement, and more. Your comment in particular, “I really believe wild animals belong in the wild,” is a pointless worry. Those who take raptor from the wild, like myself, return them in a year or two as a stronger, smarter, more experienced animal. Those who take them as nestlings guarantee them a fat and happy life; nestlings that remain have a 75% chance of death within the first year.
I could sit here and write ten pages of why it is flat out silly to be against falconry, and I have, but there is no sense in repeating it here. If you (or any of my followers) would like more information, I would be happy to send you an essay I wrote a few months ago that outlines why falconry is not only not harmful, but wholly beneficial in several aspects. :)
P.S.- You are not nobody to me. Opinions matter. It is just heartbreaking to me that many people have ill-informed opinions… if you are still against falconry after hearing all of the arguments for it, then that is fine. But please give falconry more than a passing glance before initiating judgement.