Tell South African Authorities: Return 150 Smuggled Parrots to the Wild!
  • Petitioned State Attorney, Pretoria, South Africa

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State Attorney, Pretoria, South Africa

Tell South African Authorities: Return 150 Smuggled Parrots to the Wild!

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      WORLD PARROT TRUST USA

In April 2011, 161 wild-caught African Grey parrots were confiscated by the South African Military Police as they were about to be smuggled across the Lebombo border between South Africa and Mozambique.

Initially the authorities intended to euthanize all the parrots but thankfully representatives from the World Parrot Trust (WPT) intervened and convinced the authorities to allow the birds to be rehabilitated and released back to the wild. Since April the birds have been cared for in an official quarantine, with all expenses paid for by WPT. Arrangements were underway to move the birds to a new home in a part of their former range, where they could be better protected and live free.

Just this week however, WPT was informed by the State Attorney acting for the South African Department for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, of its decision to send the parrots to a bird trader in Mozambique instead. The trader claims that the parrots had been stolen from him, although he cannot prove it. The birds were not individually marked with leg bands or microchips.


Please ask the State Attorney's Office to reverse its decision and allow these birds to fly free once again. These parrots belong in the wild!

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    • Allan Booyjzsen JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
      • about 3 years ago

      If they did it now, it would fit in nicely with the climate conference

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    • Jacqueline Kinghorn NEW ULM, TX
      • about 3 years ago

      These birds absolutely SHOULD be returned to the wild as agreed upon & not to some trader who has no proof that they were stolen from him! Sahme on the South African Dept. of Ag, Forestry & Fisheries for renegging on their agreement with the WPT!

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    • Anita Staines MELLVILLE, SOUTH AFRICA
      • about 3 years ago

      These are living creatures! Not excess material to be done away with.

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    • Patricia Pendleton BALTIMORE, MD
      • about 3 years ago

      Birds have wings and are meant to live free and fly. Most people who buy such parots have no clue on how to care for them (or even their life span) and therefore the bird suffers. Let the birds go to live free.

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    • Andrew Heugel BREWSTER, NY
      • about 3 years ago

      The decision by the State's attorney appears to be based on someone being paid off?

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