Fearlessly and Forever

My name is Katelyn. 25 years old. This is mainly a glee blog with other fandoms tossed in because i can.

While this is mainly a klaine blog i am also a multi shipper and i have some rpf ships as well
Hey I was wondering how you got yourself such a cool pet. I've always wanted either a raven or crow as a pet and I was wondering if you've got any info on where you got your beautiful bird and how I can get myself one. Thanks. And look! I didn't ask anything about your sexuality. :P Have a lovely day.

dangerscissor:

dangerscissor:

ok! i get asks like these sometimes and i give a similar answer every time. here we go for round THREE!

first and foremost, i am here to say i do not support the practice of keeping crows/ravens as pets, especially by unlicensed, untrained and uneducated individuals. ms. crow is not my pet. i’ve been a volunteer at nature connection for two, maybe two and a half years. my work is to ‘socialize’ ms. crow, which means spending lots of one-on-one time with her to acclimate her to being around people, since she is part of the educational presentations nature connection gives and needs to be comfortable around people. i feed her, i talk with her, i sing to her, i clean her cage, and i just hang out with her. i am blessed to have this opportunity.

a bird that could not survive on its own that comes into your care is a different story, but even then i strongly advise transferring the bird’s care to a wildlife rescue or rehabilitation facility near you, consulting with a vet (warning, vets may suggest euthanization), and as a last case scenario - applying for a wildlife rehabilitation permit. which takes a while.

it is important you research the laws surrounding rehabilitating and caring for wildlife in your state. i live in massachusetts. certain species do not require a permit to care for, and i’m pretty sure it’s different in every state. here’s some info for florida which provides a list and general should-knows in a clear format.

in my state, there are some qualifications needed.

The Wildlife Center conducts course about the field of wildlife rehabilitation.  This seven week course provides basic information about the process of becoming a wildlife rehabilitator, about the biology of selected groups of animals, and introduces participants to the skills necessary to conduct successful wildlife care.  (This course does not provide you with a permit to conduct wildlife rehabilitation.  Those permits are administered by the Massachusetts Department of Fisheries and Wildlife in accordance with 321 CMR 2.13 and by the United States Department of Fish and Wildlife.)

i’m pretty sure you also need to show you have decent facilities to care for the animal needed. they need ample room to fly, they need lots of stimulation. crows are not house pets. crows will not do well in a house. they are territorial. they are loud. they are mischievous. they are smart, and they will wreck your shit and take craps on everything you hold near and dear to your sweet little heart. they are notoriously intelligent, and they require specialized knowledge to care for. they require massive amounts of time, energy, attention, resources and money. crows are not domesticated. crows are not pets, they are companions, and owning one will change your life. you need to dedicate yourself and build your life around the bird’s needs.

i could go on about this forever.

but i understand the appeal! its the same sort of people who want wolfdogs or foxes - they’re novel, they’re unusual in a household, they’re exotic but not too exotic, you see cute pictures and videos and you’re like “oh man thats so cool i want one”. i’m part of the problem here, it’s not like i put a big fucking disclaimer on every one of my videos or pictures saying “CROWS ARE NOT GOOD PETS”. people see my gifs, my pictures, my videos and they go “i want one!!”. i see it allll the time in tags.

so i need to reiterate this a lot. but the point is that this lens that you’re looking through the animals at, this “novelty, property, cool accessory” lens is not good. it actually kills animals. this isn’t crow related, but non-wolfdogs does a great job of talking about why this sort of behavior and mindset can be extremely harmful.

i should also note some interesting statistics on parrots, which are similar to crows in the fact that they are non-domesticated, intelligent birds that people buy because of their novelty and acclaimed intelligence, and also their accessibility. any old schmuck can walk into a pet store and come out with a conure. it’s difficult to get concrete statistics on these issues, since bird abuse is rarely reported. IDA states,

Parrots are highly intelligent and hypersensitive emotionally and physically. Improper handling can teach an already fearful or aggressive bird, or even a tame and loving bird, to bite and become aggressive. This can not only cause the bird serious psychological, stress related problems, it can also dramatically affect his/her physical health. Learned aggressive behavior from mishandling is one of the primary reasons parrots are surrendered or sold and live in at least five homes before dying prematurely or finding their forever home.

The parrots’ wild traits don’t usually mesh well in people’s homes or even in outside aviaries. The third most popular pet in America is one of the most frustrating, destructive, messy, and noisy pets a person can have, increasing the odds that the birds will be abused and neglected, and rehomed. Yet, pet stores rarely offer these facts to their customers prior to purchase.

It’s only after the bird arrives home, and the excitement has worn off, is the unsuspecting consumer hard hit with the reality of parrot parenthood. The additional cleaning, the destruction of personal property, “sudden” biting and behavior problems, and the continual screaming are more than most people can tolerate. As a result, some parrots are forced to live their entire lives in closets, garages, and basements, or in makeshift, outdoor cages and aviaries, subjecting the bird to the elements and unsuitable weather and dangerous predators. Others pass the bird onto other unsuspecting consumers without a word of caution. It is estimated that the majority of all captive parrots eventually end up in at least five homes before suffering and dying prematurely.

dude, not gonna lie, i want a crow. but if i look at that interest through a critical lens, its a selfish interest. it is not the right thing to do. its an impossibility for me, money-wise, time-wise, and yknow. crow-wise. it would be illegal, unless i went out to a breeder and purchased one of the few species legal to own without a permit in the US. just because they are legal to own without a permit does not make them any different in their needs.

if you really must know. african pied crows are legal to own in the U.S. you can purchase one from a breeder, for around $1500. if you purchase a healthy bird from a breeder who is willing to sell, just know i’m going to be side-eyeing you so fucking hard.

the best thing you can do is donate or volunteer your time to rescue/rehabilitation facilities and sanctuaries near you.

further reading: http://www.avianwelfare.org/issues/overview.htm

one of my crow posts is going around again and i feel like this is an important post to have on my front page right now


lilienwolf:

Klaine - True Love [x]

First try at drawing something since my hand surgery last week. I used one of my ooooooold Digimon fanarts as a base (Yeah, you’re allowed to laugh about the old pic) - it was a great way to see how much I improved in the last years. What do you think?


proletarianprincess:

thebaeddeljar:

"Average Scottish singer would walk 3 miles" factoid actualy a statistical error. Average Scottish singer would walk 0 miles. Charlie and Craig Reid, who would walk 500 miles and would walk 500 more, are outliers adn should not have been counted.

im so mad

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thorkizilla:

sadrobotinabowlerhat:

iandhearts:

‘The Avengers’ (2012)

Personally, I like to think that what Thor means is that if Loki really was from Asgard, he would had killed a lot more people.

#justsaying.

 #^THIS COMMENT #I LIKE IT

ANOTHER

Totally here for “GO BIG OR GO HOME: THE ASGARD WAY OF LIFE” headcanon.

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lucyliuism:

i feel like reading fanfic has kind of broken my desire to read published stories bc like theyre so bland tbh like. where the hell am i gonna get queer android romance in a bookstore. who writes about past assassins working together in a coffeeshop. all i see are straight white people making out like really like REALLY

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“Obviously I’ll never be in anything with the commercial success that Harry Potter has but then again neither will anyone else.”

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askthequnariinquisitor:

delsinsfire:

so bioware apparently wants the DA:I players to never see sunlight again

earlobe size, jesus christ

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decassa-girl:

gabriel-rising:

wholockian221b:

because-misha-collins:

severedhead-justteaformethanks:

pineappledean:

thebrotherswinchester:

just-be-my-soul:

sams-soul:

SPN FANDOM TRADITION: ALWAYS. REBLOG. ON. TUESDAY.

DO WANT THIS TRADITION TO STAY FOREVER IN THIS FANDOM

ALWAYS.











FANDOM LAW YOU MUST ABIDE

ALWAYS.




TGIT

decassa-girl:

gabriel-rising:

wholockian221b:

because-misha-collins:

severedhead-justteaformethanks:

pineappledean:

thebrotherswinchester:

just-be-my-soul:

sams-soul:

SPN FANDOM TRADITION: ALWAYS. REBLOG. ON. TUESDAY.

DO WANT THIS TRADITION TO STAY FOREVER IN THIS FANDOM

ALWAYS.

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FANDOM LAW YOU MUST ABIDE

ALWAYS.

TGIT

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if you’re not seduced by my icon i dont know what’s wrong with you

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"But a female dummy didn’t become a mandatory part of frontal crash tests until last year. For all this time, the average American guy stood for us all.

That may have had a substantial impact on women’s auto safety. If airbags are designed for the average male, they will strike most men in the upper chest, creating a cushion for their bodies and heads. Yet small women might hit the airbag chin first, snapping their heads back, potentially leading to serious neck and spinal injuries.

In some cases, according to tests with female mannequins, small women were almost three times as likely as their average male counterparts to be seriously injured or killed. A study of actual crashes by the University of Virginia’s Center for Applied Biomechanics found that women wearing seatbelts were 47 percent more likely to be seriously injured than males in similar accidents.”

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Why Carmakers Always Insisted on Male Crash-Test Dummies — Taming the American Idol (via daily-denial)

ugh

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I really wish there were a single word that meant “disgusted and speechless but also not at all surprised”

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cake-full-of-fist:

captain-raptor:

bookishbutcorruptible:

tacoderps:

mamakarkat:

i think this person is a wizard

when you don’t compete in the olympics because you want it to be fair

I don’t think Aang is the last airbender.

i’m in love with how the “flip at your own risk” sign pans in dramatically and he does fifty flips in midair right in front of it and sticks the landing pose like “go fuck yourself i do what i want”

all the awards for that comment

cake-full-of-fist:

captain-raptor:

bookishbutcorruptible:

tacoderps:

mamakarkat:

i think this person is a wizard

when you don’t compete in the olympics because you want it to be fair

I don’t think Aang is the last airbender.

i’m in love with how the “flip at your own risk” sign pans in dramatically and he does fifty flips in midair right in front of it and sticks the landing pose like “go fuck yourself i do what i want”

all the awards for that comment

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foxspecialops Looks like some things have changed at McKinley High. Some pics from our set visit yesterday. #glee

foxspecialops Looks like some things have changed at McKinley High. Some pics from our set visit yesterday. #glee

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mydollyaviana:

disneyismyescape:

carry-on-until-its-gone:

wish-upon-the-disney-star:

This scene is SO important. Maleficent is with someone she trusts, someone she considers a friend. And then the next thing she knows, she wakes up in pain, bleeding, with her wings burned off. A huge part of her has been destroyed.

Rape is so prominent in our culture that it is in a Disney movie. Maybe not explicitly, but it is very clear what this scene represents and it is so sad.

I fucking cried my eyes out during this scene

AJ even confirmed that this is what this scene was a metaphor for (x) - just because i saw someone say today that this is not what this scene is about

'We were very conscious that it was a metaphor for rape': The actress explained how the scene in which her character has her wings ripped off her body while in a drug-induced sleep had to be something 'so violent and aggressive' that it would make her 'lose all sense of her maternity, her womanhood and her softness' 

when a man violates a woman, he cuts off her wings.

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Demi Lovato photographed by Giuliano Bekor for FAULT Magazine.

Demi Lovato photographed by Giuliano Bekor for FAULT Magazine.

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