Miguel del Pino: Canaries threatened and animal radicals: “forbidden to forbid”

My friends, the breeders of birds locals are worried and upset. Specifically, the Association of Canaricultores Spaniards, the gold medal of the Círculo de Bellas Artes and second grouping ornitofilia in old Spain, as the dean is the Grouping of Birds of Badalona, has not found this year a local city in which to hold their Contest annual Exhibition.

The reasons of this rejection of official art of raising domestic birds should be the mantra of “the bars”; the new animalist have come to accuse breeders of canaries “mistreat” their animals, and that has hurt deeply to these fans.

To breed canaries at home is becoming more and more complicated, all because of the official rejection, which we denounce, and which has as its origin the more absolute ignorance of what it is this activity which, if received in its day, the Gold Medal to which we have referred, it was because he earned then the qualification of “art and sport”.

The canaricultura has more than five hundred years. Were the norman knights who visited as pioneers of the Canary Islands and annexed to the crown of John II of Castile, who saw admired by the guanches remained in their homes as pets, some birds are indigenous to green, who called it “verdegais” or canaries, and that amazed by her melodious singing.

The canaries are birds that are endemic to the archipelagos of the call Macaronesia, and especially the Canary islands, where they evolved into the speciation from the verdecillos europeans who came to the islands. Today, is not at all clear the separation between the species Serinus serinus (serin) and the Serinus canarius ( canary home; can give children fertile in your cross, that the very close genetically.

In just a century the canaries had spread throughout Europe, always from the hand of man and in quality of domestic animals able to breed in the houses. Today there are millions of birds in all the world, with diversification into a multitude of breeds, whose description and even whose appointment we would require space far superior to what we have.

There are breeds of canaries selected for their singing. In Spain, we have the Stamped Spanish, with two varieties of edge: continuous and discontinuous, respectively; in Belgium and Holland was selected to the belgian shepherds, singing of key intermediate that could be called “baritone”, while in the German mountains of the Harz miners created a race wonderful that sings-to-peak semi-enclosed, with a low tonality, a real deep bass in this opera birds.

Other varieties have been fashioned in response to the selection of their colors, resulting in a range truly amazing. The breeders have needed to acquire deep knowledge of genetics to be able to fix mutations, perform lucky crosses and know how to choose in search of the greatest beauty.

There are also breeds that amaze by their appearance unusual, like the canaries, curly, or hipermétricos, as the Italian giants and the Curly parisian, against the contrast of the tiny “españolitos“, smaller than the nets in the wild.

To reiterate the impossibility of embracing the diversity of the world of the canaries adomésticos, but the cultivation of all their races requires a great sensitivity and a true love of birds: wrote Felix Rodriguez of the Source that those people who become aggressive birds tend to do so precisely because of the great admiration that wakes them up to their beauty and their ability to fly. Want to keep them in the hand even after abatirlas: sad paradox.

In this regard, I stated I am in one of my books on the art of canaricultura, that fans of these birds have found a way much more beautiful to enjoy them, because it is not to kill them, but to collaborate in giving the life.

Few lessons of environmental education will be as effective to a child as the breeding of canaries: they will see the customs wonderful birds nidofilos in a corner of your own home and a child that you can observe the mating behavior, nesting and the zeal with which the parents feed their young, will be vaccinated against the intentions aviesas of a hand to a escopetilla or a shooter to knock down sparrows or other birds nearby.

As for the alleged abuse that “suffer” the canaries is completely uncertain: in each season of the year are hosted in spaces adapted to their needs: for example, in large cages flight in the summer so that they can fly and exercise, in spacious cages of a minimum of sixty centimeters in front of you to the breeding, and in individual cages only during a couple of months when it comes to they enter in zeal without fighting among themselves neither males harass females; these are always kept in cages large.

The care received by the pet birds are cute. This is not a business and, on the humble piggy bank as a breeder, it will not repair in expenses for food and medication that require their copies.

Speaking of medication until a short time ago the pajarerías could dispense supplements correctors of the nature of vitamins and antibiotic that the fans used in an intelligent way based on their great knowledge of the empirical; at present, the rigour of the legislation in issue as a veterinarian, laudable in general, it seems here, too rigorous, have prohibited the waiver of such products, which causes die-offs before avoidable with ease.

All these are difficulties for these people, often simple and always lovers of nature, can have the pleasure of caring for and raising their favorite animals, which are not hunted, but bring five centuries of pedigree domestic.

As the greater part of the movements of rejection comes from the animalism radical “progressive”, I will end up dedicating them to these alleged “protectors” a phrase of professor Enrique Tierno Galván, when being the Mayor of Madrid, and visiting, as was his custom, ” an exhibition of canaricultura, which was celebrated in madrid’s rose garden of the Parque del Oeste, spoke in this way: “I Encourage everyone to follow with enthusiasm the activity, because hobbies like this of you are an integral part of the peace.”

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