Grounded

PUBLISHED: 12:35 31 January 2008 | UPDATED: 12:57 06 May 2010

SIR, — You reported (Herts Advertiser, January 17) the theft of birds from an aviary in Charmouth Road, St Albans. While I am sorry for any upset caused by the loss, I have ask why birds such as green finches, gold finches and redpolls are being kept cage

SIR, - You reported (Herts Advertiser, January 17) the theft of birds from an aviary in Charmouth Road, St Albans. While I am sorry for any upset caused by the loss, I have ask why birds such as green finches, gold finches and redpolls are being kept caged up?

Surely the essence of a bird is flight? To deprive a bird of the open skies is not far removed from cutting the legs off a human being; it denies their essential nature, freedom and mobility.

I would ask all those who keep birds in cages or aviaries to think about what they are doing. I would remind you of the words of William Blake

"To see a robin in a cage

puts all heaven in a rage."

It makes me pretty upset too.

MARY BARTON,

Ayot place, Ayot St Peter.


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