28 January 2015
Cheated - Sold Sick Parrots
Three weeks ago I purchased an Amazon Parrot for KD 150 from the Shuwaikh pet market. The shop did not give me any receipt for the deal. When I asked for the same I was told there was no such practice for any of their businesses.
I later found out that I had been sold a sick parrot. I also -at the time of purchasing the parrot -- had also seen two other birds already dead in the shop. But I was told that these deaths were due to travel as the birds had been received only the previous evening from another country.
After five days, it was confirmed that my bird was also sick and I went back to the shop, asking for the bird to be replaced.
My request was rejected and after about two weeks the bird died. I later found out that the shop from where I bought the bird had purchased many such birds and on knowing these were sick had sold them for less than KD 80 each.
Can you advice me where I can file a complaint as I affected by the death of the bird. Moreover, I want these bird owners to be careful in the future and don't sell sick birds to anyone.
Answer: Unfortunately, there is not much you can do for the birds, and even the animals, at the Friday Market or even to take action against the sellers of these birds.
The reason for this is that although there is legislation in place against such “crimes”, the laws in this regard have never been implemented properly with the result that there is total disregard for rights of birds and animals all over the country.
Some animal rights campaigners and organizations have been working on the issue for decades but have failed to so far do much, except in very rare cases where action is taken against some individuals.
On the issue of being sold a sick bird, you could contact the Kuwait Municipality or the Consumer Protection Society in your area although it is very unlikely that anything will be done because you have no proof of purchase. These people never give you a bill of sale and deny ever having sold you an animal or bird if you file a complaint against any of the shops.
Want to buy a pet in Kuwait? Do your research first. Find out where the reputable shops are, where vets are, what food to buy, what species to buy.
When you buy at The Friday Market, you are adding to a horrible problem in Kuwait. Many of the animals are sick, stolen, or have illegally entered the country.