Wild African Grey Parrots Under Seige!
  • Petitioned Sonja Meintjies

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CITES Official & Deputy Director, Dept. of Environment
Sonja Meintjies

Wild African Grey Parrots Under Seige!

    1. Petition by

      Born Free USA

On Christmas Eve 2010, 730 wild-caught African grey parrots died on a commercial flight between Johannesburg and Durban in South Africa. Captured in nets and stuffed into tiny crates, the terrified birds were deprived of food and water and forced to stand in their own waste.  The parrots were part of an order of 1,650 adult African grey parrots caught in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to be sold to South African breeders.

South Africa has become an important hub for the international trade in wild-caught birds. Traders are making huge profits and taking advantage of government officials in unstable countries such as the DRC.  Parrots caught in the wild and imported to South Africa (and subsequently exported to other countries) are frequently used as breeders in bird mills; some are exported from South Africa to the Far and Middle East as “pets.”  The initial shock of losing their freedom and being confined to a cage can kill 10 to 20 percent of wild-caught birds. Of those who survive capture, many will die of starvation, dehydration, suffocation or disease before reaching their final destination.  Those who survive are doomed to a life deprived of flight and freedom. 

The trade in these beautiful, intelligent wild parrots must stop!  The world must learn that these parrots are more beautiful in the wild.

Please sign our petition to the South African government to immediately halt all future DRC exports of wild-caught African grey parrots and then look at ways of ending all South African trade of wild-caught birds and animals.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 4 signatures
    2. More Than 730 Captured Parrots Die on Plane Ride to Pet Trade

      Christmas Eve 2010 wasn't particularly merry if you love parrots. On that day, at least 731 African grey parrots died on a short flight from Johannesburg to Durban, South Africa. What killed them remains a mystery. Theories range from suffocation to...

    3. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • over 3 years ago

      It is really disgusting to capture and export wild African Greys. Let us try to protect the little bit of nature we have left - the beauty of life is NOT just money! The people who sent those African Greys ought to be ashamed of themselves and so does the people who want to buy the birds. Give them heavy, heavy penalties, please!

      Amy Fabricius

    • Clint Lenard ARLINGTON, TX
      • over 3 years ago

      Idiots. Seriously, the level of stupidity on this earth is astounding. This type of crap needs to be stopped.

    • Emily Eoff ARKADELPHIA, AR
      • over 3 years ago

      This has to stop! Birds should be allowed to fly free and live as they please in the wild. This is a small scale genocide of a beautiful and smart creature, and should be put to a stop!

      • over 3 years ago

      PLEASE ..............

      "Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight."

      — Albert Schweitzer

    • Donna Givans BORDEN, IN
      • over 3 years ago

      This is one of the most cruel, horrific cases of animal cruelty I've seen....lets put the people in boxes who did this to these defenseless birds, and ship them somewhere far, far away.


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