The Voice judge and Bond villain Cee Lo Green spends much of his time on the reality TV competition stroking his feline companion, Purrfect. Next season he is swapping her out for a Moluccan cockatoo named Lady — and animal rights activists are not happy about it.
The organization Born Free warns Cee Lo that Moluccan cockatoos like Lady do not handle stress well. The loud noises (and Christina Aguilera warbles) on The Voice could have dire consequences for his pet, including the bird equivalent of cutting.
Born Free's Monica Engebretson explained her group's concern.
Moluccan cockatoos are beautiful, intelligent animals but they are very challenging to care for especially in the long term, and are prone to considerable welfare problems. Many Moluccan cockatoos develop self-destructive behavior including feather plucking and self mutilation not known to occur in the wild.
Moluccan cockatoos are also endangered, unrelated to the fact that they're not very fun to hang out with.
Engebretson recommends that Cee Lo showcase a "more appropriate companion animal," like a dog or a cat. She would also like The Voice to perhaps promote animal rescue — but seriously, one thing at a time. Let's concentrate on saving Lady first.