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Man shoots and kills pet parrot for 'being annoying'

Posted: Sep 11, 2009 12:48 am
by dragonfly
Man shoots and kills pet parrot for 'being annoying' -- charged with animal cruelty

http://www.examiner.com/x-1028-Pet-News-Examiner~y2009m9d4-Man-shoots-pet-parrot-for-being-annoying--charged-with-animal-cruelty

A New Jersey man shot the family's 20 year-old African grey parrot, Mikey, for annoying him while he was watching a NASCAR race on television. Guess who called the cops on him? His wife! She was upstairs when she heard three shots, came running downstairs, saw what her husband had done, called him a "crazy S.O.B.," then called the police, reports the Daily Record.

The man, 67 year-old Dennis Zeglin, used a BB gun to shoot Mikey on June 7, while the parrot was imprisoned in its cage. Zeglin was arrested and charged with animal cruelty.

The man's defense? He was drunk.

"The parrot was probably doing what parrots do — squawking and making a ruckus. But this was probably less about what the parrot was doing than Mr. Zeglin's alcohol problem," Zeglin's defense attorney Stephen Fletcher told the Daily Record. Fletcher says his client has gotten counseling for alcoholism and is seeking entry into the court's pre-trial intervention program, which, if he completes successfully, would result in the charges being dismissed and Zeglin maintaining a clean record, reports the New Jersey Star-Ledger.

Bird lovers such as Lisa are outraged. "To hear that someone maliciously murdered his family's African grey parrot -- knowing what I would do for mine -- hit too close to home," she says. Lisa has started a letter writing campaign "to make sure Mikey has a voice." African grey parrots, Lisa says, are "extremely intelligent, thoughtful, sentient and sensitive beings." "We need to have stronger punishment in place for people who torture, harm, abuse or kill animals," she says.

According to the Daily Record, a hearing is scheduled for September 9 in Superior Court in Morristown, New Jersey.

Randolph man who shot pet parrot to undergo psych test

http://www.dailyrecord.com/article/20090910/COMMUNITIES/90909036/1005/NEWS01

The Morris County Prosecutor's Office wants a Randolph man psychologically evaluated before it decides how to handle charges that he shot his pet African grey parrot with a BB gun because the creature's squawking annoyed him while he watched a NASCAR race.


Defendant Dennis Zeglin, 67, appeared in Superior Court, Morristown, Wednesday, with his wife and defense attorney Stephen Fletcher. While the animal cruelty charges filed against Zeglin in June were marked for possible review by a county grand jury, Fletcher said the prosecutor's office has advised him it wants a psychiatric evaluation before deciding how the case should be disposed.

Zeglin has applied for admission into the county's Pre-Trial Intervention program. PTI is a probation program for first-time offenders, under which criminal charges are dismissed if a defendant completes a period of probation and other conditions.

According to court records, Zeglin fatally shot "Mikey," a pet parrot in his household for the past 20 years, because the creature annoyed him while he watched a NASCAR race on June 7 at his home in Randolph.

Zeglin's alarmed wife summoned police to the house. Zeglin was sitting in a living room chair when they arrived and he handed over a Daisy Powerline Model 93, CO2-powered BB gun he admitted using to kill Mikey, court records said.

Fletcher said his client was intoxicated at the time, and after the incident was brought to Morristown Memorial Hospital to be treated for a combination of alcohol "and potential mental health issues." He later spent several days at Summit Oaks in Summit and now is receiving treatment for substance abuse, Fletcher said.

"He's been in a program for alcohol abuse and he's working that program diligently," Fletcher said.

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Posted: Sep 13, 2009 7:47 pm
by Sergio
It's sad...
Some time ago people were able to shoot other people (slaves) ...

Re: Man shoots and kills pet parrot for 'being annoying'

Posted: Nov 23, 2009 5:22 am
by mischa.porter
Well this is just sad! Why did he even bought a parrot in the first place? He should have tried to do research and prepare before taking care of one.
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Re: Man shoots and kills pet parrot for 'being annoying'

Posted: Sep 24, 2010 8:52 am
by meign
This man is really cruel... It is better if he just let go of the parrot than kill it...

Re: Man shoots and kills pet parrot for 'being annoying'

Posted: Oct 13, 2010 11:27 am
by alecgarcia95
What he did is really showing no respect to animals at all.Parrots are very loving and loyal pets, so we have to take care of the very well. Show them that they are important and we love them.

Re: Man shoots and kills pet parrot for 'being annoying'

Posted: Oct 28, 2010 10:19 pm
by murights
I'm sure someone has thought that the man was annoying but if that someone shot and killed him for being annoying it would be conisdered murder! Animals breathe too.

Re: Man shoots and kills pet parrot for 'being annoying'

Posted: Nov 3, 2010 4:46 am
by meign
You said it right Muright... I think he didn't considering having a second thought...

Re: Man shoots and kills pet parrot for 'being annoying'

Posted: Nov 13, 2010 6:31 am
by AdamD
Everyone cares about the relatively stupid parrot while no one here seems to give a damn about the man (although he seems like a bit of a dick) having to go to jail for a split second retard moment which resulted in what? the death of a parrot? I say he deserves a fine, some and getting his gun taken off him but nothing more. When it comes down to it, it's just a dead parrot, not worth a man going to jail for and heck, the parrot was obviously asking for it after having to watch the NASCAR race ;P

Re: Man shoots and kills pet parrot for 'being annoying'

Posted: Nov 15, 2010 6:07 am
by meign
But do you think you will do the same if you were in his place Adam?

Re: Man shoots and kills pet parrot for 'being annoying'

Posted: Nov 16, 2010 2:03 am
by AdamD
Of course I wouldn't, the man was an idiot.
I don't see how that is at all relevant.

Re: Man shoots and kills pet parrot for 'being annoying'

Posted: Nov 19, 2010 2:30 am
by meign
Because I can see that you still cares for him even though he did something wrong... that's so sweet of you...

Re: Man shoots and kills pet parrot for 'being annoying'

Posted: Nov 20, 2010 1:31 am
by Veganarchist
This is sad.

Re: Man shoots and kills pet parrot for 'being annoying'

Posted: Feb 11, 2011 3:28 pm
by AdamD
meign wrote:Because I can see that you still cares for him even though he did something wrong... that's so sweet of you...

Yes, damn my forgiveness.
How dare I care for my fellow man.
Crucify him!
All hail animal rights!

Re: Man shoots and kills pet parrot for 'being annoying'

Posted: Feb 14, 2011 6:42 pm
by dragonfly
Adam your minimalist, trashy, trollish remarks are deplorable, and shows you to lack even common compassion and concern for your fellow beings. Parrots are not stupid, your speciesist blather is an eyesore. :-?

Re: Man shoots and kills pet parrot for 'being annoying'

Posted: Mar 7, 2011 4:22 pm
by AdamD
And your blatant namecalling reveals an amazing lack of argumentative talent.

To begin with: Stupid is a relative term, compared to the other character in this situation (the man) the parrot is stupid. If you don't understand that a parrot is far less intelligent than a man then please feel free to remove yourself from the gene pool.

As for me lacking compassion, that's a blatant lie. I feel more compassion for my fellow man than I do for a parrot simply because I can relate to the man more and the man is a higher order thinker.

Think before you type next time please.

Re: Man shoots and kills pet parrot for 'being annoying'

Posted: Mar 8, 2011 1:11 am
by philosopher
Adam, your post proved your speceism.

Re: Man shoots and kills pet parrot for 'being annoying'

Posted: Mar 9, 2011 2:06 pm
by AdamD
I have never tried to deny that I value the human race above all others.
This is not a bad thing.

Re: Man shoots and kills pet parrot for 'being annoying'

Posted: Mar 9, 2011 8:33 pm
by dragonfly
adam the retarded nonsense you post here is amusing, but just shows that you are either :
1) functionally illiterate;
or
2) don't have any cojones or commonsense;
or
3) sorely lack realworld critical thinking skills;
or
4) live in a fantasy land of delusion and pc apathy.

you are just here to shout down the message of compassion and animal rights, because you are willfully ignorant and/or can't think your way out of a paper bag. :roll:

Re: Man shoots and kills pet parrot for 'being annoying'

Posted: Mar 9, 2011 8:40 pm
by dragonfly
AdamD wrote:I have never tried to deny that I value the human race above all others.
that's just plain silly. :roll:
This is not a bad thing.
in fact it is a very bad thing. it is dull, routine, narrowminded, anthropocentric thinking like this that has destroyed this planet. :sign5:

Re: Man shoots and kills pet parrot for 'being annoying'

Posted: Mar 9, 2011 8:46 pm
by dragonfly
AdamD wrote:...compared to the other character in this situation (the man) the parrot is stupid.
a gene pool joke...lol. uhhmm... the speciesist blather is quite insipid, exceedingly dull and moronic. :roll:

adam there was no earthly reason for this sub-human piece of trash to shoot the family pet. more to the point parrots are very smart and sociable animals.

Re: Man shoots and kills pet parrot for 'being annoying'

Posted: Mar 10, 2011 4:11 am
by AdamD
Please try to refrain from name calling dragonfly.

I'm not saying what the guy did was the right thing to do, in fact it was a very stupid thing to do. However using sweeping generalizations like "there was no earthly reason" is just inviting me to poke holes in the statement. What right do you have to call the man sub-human? All you know about this man is that he shot a parrot, for all we know he could have been abused as a child causing his violent tenancies, or maybe he just got back from donating one of his kidneys to a hospital. We don't know so it's not our place to judge.

All that I'm saying is that you shouldn't judge the man so harshly, and that he does not deserve jail time or any criminal charges. A large fine being sent to an animal rights foundation would be fitting accompanied by a lot of counseling.

As for the parrot being smart and sociable, they can repeat words they hear and can occasionally solve puzzles when trained. Big whoop, I'd like to see one design a building or run a coherent society. Plus if the thing is so damn social and smart why did it annoy the guy enough for him to shoot it?

Re: Man shoots and kills pet parrot for 'being annoying'

Posted: Mar 12, 2011 11:17 pm
by dragonfly
adam you are a spineless macaroon and don't belong on a vegan forum spewing your meatard philosophy and idiotic insights. geeze.

Re: Man shoots and kills pet parrot for 'being annoying'

Posted: Mar 14, 2011 4:26 am
by philosopher
Meatard! I'm not much for name calling, but that's funny.

Re: Man shoots and kills pet parrot for 'being annoying'

Posted: Mar 15, 2011 7:22 pm
by dragonfly
i understand it's poor form alright, but he is just spewing incoherent and idiotic insults here, poinntless commentary, behaving much as a drunken troll would.

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Re: Man shoots and kills pet parrot for 'being annoying'

Posted: Mar 17, 2011 10:18 am
by AdamD
dragonfly, I see you cannot actually reply to my comment so you resort to yet more name calling.

Either respond to my comments in a way that goes beyond calling me a "drunken troll" or kindly concede the debate.