Visitor views on pinioning of birds at Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust Centres, England

 
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1. Have you visited any of the following Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust centres in England? (Please select one or more response)
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2. Did you know that the five Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust centres listed in Question 1 hold captive birds?
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3. Pinioning is a practice which involves the amputation of the end of a bird's wing to prevent flight.

Pinioning is different to feather clipping. Feather clipping involves the removal of primary flight feathers whereas pinioning involves the amputation of bone. Feather clipping is a temporary form of flight restraint whereas pinioning is permanent.

Were you already aware of what pinioning entailed?
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4. Are you aware that the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust pinion all of their captive wildfowl and flamingos? (This amounts to around 5,650 birds in the five English centres with zoo licences).
5. If you answered "Yes" to Question 4, how did you find out about pinioning at Wildfowl & Wetland Trust Centres?
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6. The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust has stated that: "We are passionate about saving the world’s wetlands and their wildlife. To help encourage our visitors to feel the same we create opportunities for them to get close to our birds, to appreciate their beauty, to be inspired and hopefully better understand how they can help in their conservation. We know that this sort of engagement works and many visitors join our conservation work and become members. The majority of the captive birds visitors see at our centres are there to help engagement, to connect people with wetlands and wetland wildlife".

How do you feel about the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust pinioning birds in order that visitors can get close to them in order to help engagement?
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7. Will you continue to visit the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust Centres in the knowledge that they pinion birds?
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8. Would you visit the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust centre if they stopped pinioning birds?
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9. Do you support the "Fight for Flight" campaign to abolish the pinioning of birds in all zoos?
10. Would you like to add anything else with regard to the practice of pinioning and your views on it?
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