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Can I tether my pet bird?

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Last updated: 29 Jun, 2010
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Tethering is where an animal is fastened by an appropriately attached chain to a centre point or anchorage, causing it to be confined to a desired area.

RSPCA Australia is opposed to the use of tethers on birds because of the severe restrictions they place on the bird’s movement. Where birds are permanently confined they should have access to a flight aviary or be given regular opportunities to fly in a safe environment (such as indoors).

In some states of Australia it is an offence to tether a bird, although there may be exceptions for training raptors (birds of prey).

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