Bird Sanctuary hits back at animal welfare concerns
Sanctuary owner denies claims birds being ignored
FLYING High Bird Sanctuary owner David Tocknell has hit back at claims the bird park is in poor condition and the birds are not being well cared for.
Scott Dixon volunteered to work at the sanctuary earlier this year but left earlier than anticipated because the welfare of the animals and maintenance of the sanctuary were not priorities for the owners.
“They show no ability to improve or maintain any part of the facility, not even mow the grass, fix an aviary door, reduce vermin or spend time on animal welfare concerns,” Mr Dixon said.
Mr Tocknell denied the claims and said he was “surprised and disappointed” a report had since been filed with Biosecurity Queensland.
“There was nothing to substantiate what was being queried,” Mr Tocknell said.
“The birds are looked after here very well.
“Any bird that gets ill, it’s straight to the vet.”
Tony Hayes, who along with wife Carolyn spent two months working as volunteers at the bird park, said describing it as a “sanctuary” was only partially correct.
“The labour requirements are not being met in any way and the state of the site is very poor,” he said.
A Biosecurity Queensland spokesman confirmed the matter remained under investigation.
“Biosecurity Queensland continues to work with the owners of the Flying High Bird Sanctuary to address a number of issues relating to an animal welfare situation reported to us,” he said.
“While the matter is under investigation, Biosecurity Queensland cannot make any specific comments about this case.”
Mr Tocknell and his wife Anne have owned the business for five years and last year told the Isis Town and Country that due to ill health and “old age”, they intended to sell the business and retire.
“We have dropped the price by about half for what we paid for it, so it is ridiculously low,” Mr Tocknell said.
Mr Tocknell said he remained hopeful that the right buyer was just around the corner ready to take on the sanctuary and continue caring for the almost 3000 birds on site.
CONCERNS ANSWERED: Flying High Bird Sanctuary owner David Tocknell says the birds are his number one priority and has denied claims they aren’t being cared for.
FINAL GOODBYE: Flying High Bird Sanctuary owners David and Anne Tocknell are hoping to sell the tourist attraction.