Urgent Petition: Tell CITES to suspend trade in African Grey Parrots!
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Urgent Petition: Tell CITES to suspend trade in African Grey Parrots!

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EDITOR'S NOTE: We have extended the petition deadline to collect as many signatures as possible, and continue sending CITES a strong message.


Next week in Switzerland (July 23-27, 2012), a small gathering of people who decide how wildlife can and can't be traded around the world (the CITES Standing Committee) will decide on the fate of thousands of wild African Grey Parrots.

Specifically, Congo - one of the largest exporters of these birds - is hoping to continue the practice of legally capturing these birds to sell to Asia and the Middle East. Their quota of 5,000 birds is regularly exceeded. And in Cameroon, despite a zero export quota for this species, a total of over 5,000 birds were exported in the last four years for which data is available. So, this decision next week will decide the fate of thousands of African Grey Parrots traded … every year.

Now is our chance to urge CITES to protect this Globally Threatened Species from such unsustainable pressures. If we can get CITES to adopt a trade suspension from these two countries, we'll not only spare thousands of birds, we will help turn the tide on the trade in wild parrots for good.

Please join us, sign your name, get all your friends to do the same, and help us save thousands of wild parrots today!

Recent signatures


    1. CITES fails to act to save Grey parrots

      Standing Committee approves annual export of 3,000 Greys from Cameroon

      Despite the best efforts of the World Parrot Trust and the over 41,000 signatories who supported the petition against the trade in Grey parrots in Cameroon and Congo, CITES' ruling yesterday ultimately failed to protect the birds from unsustainable trade, ignoring sound science, global public opinion, and the terms of their own Convention.

      Read the full recap here:

    2. Press Release: Governments urged to end trafficking of African Grey Parrots

      Thanks to your tremendous support our collective list of signatures for this petition has hit over 38,000! Well done!

      The World Parrot Trust has just issued a press release, which you can view here:

      If you have any media contacts please encourage them to issue this release!

      Best regards,
      Steve Milpacher, Operations Director
      Jamie Gilardi, Executive Director
      World Parrot Trust

    3. Reached 30,000 signatures
    4. Petition submission to CITES

      Thank you for being one of over 12,000 caring parrot enthusiasts who have signed the petition to encourage CITES to 'Suspend the Trade in African Grey Parrots'!

      A list of signatures gathered from several sources will be presented to CITES Secretary General Mr. John E. Scanlon during the CITES meeting currently underway (July 23-27, 2012). It is our greatest hope that it will be enough to send the message to the CITES Standing Committee that they should take the necessary actions to ensure the wild parrots of the world are protected.

      We have extended the petition deadline to collect as many signatures as possible, and continue sending CITES a strong message.

      You can continue to help by recruiting your friends and family to sign the petition here:

      Thanks for your support!

      Jamie Gilardi, Ph.D
      Executive Director
      World Parrot Trust


    5. Reached 9,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Diana Boney NEEDHAM, AL
      • about 2 years ago

      It's just wrong to take them out of their natural habitat...

      • about 2 years ago

      I love birds and it is important to protect them.

    • Audra Gordon ROY, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      Nothing is more beautiful than a wild creature left wild.

    • Dushanka Sweitzer PRESCOTT, AZ
      • over 2 years ago

      I love African Greys. They are the most intelligent animals in the world. The cruelty of involed in illegal trading of the birds should be

      stopped. There are many US bred Greys available for pets.

    • Barbara Senecal CINCINNATI, OH
      • over 2 years ago

      These beautiful should be born free and remain free. So called humans should undergo the same as these beautiful birds. I know if they experienced the same as these birds do, it would never happen again. PLEASE put an end to this!!!


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