When a non-native / non-migratory species such as a parrot is added to the ESA it can no longer be traded in interstate commerce without federal captive breeding permits (difficult to get even for breeders). The laws in 28 states that automatically adopt the ESA with their own restrictions prevent these birds from being placed or kept in pet homes or rescues. Aviculture maintains a genetic ark for most species of parrots, and they are thriving with breeders and in pet homes. When species can no longer be sold to pet homes or across state lines without extensive permits, the local markets become saturated and breeders stop breeding. Many states make it illegal for these species that are now in happy pet homes to remain in those homes, and illegal for them to be transported within or across their states. There is almost no poaching or smuggling into the US any more, and international trade is restricted through CITES and the Wild Bird Conservation Act. When making decisions about foreign species populations, they should also consider the captive population counts. All putting these species on the Endangered Species Act does is stop the captive bird trade in these species and eventually lead to significant reductions in their numbers in the USA. Why are foreign species on the ESA at all? Let us keep raising these threatened and endangered birds and keep the genetic ark robust in the US. Let us keep our pets. EXCLUDE FOREIGN SPECIES FROM THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT!
- Fish & Wildlife Service c/o the Department of the Interior
- Chief of the Branch of Foreign Species, FWS
Janine Van Norman
- Senior Advisor, PIJAC
- Secretary of the Interior
- U.S. House of Representatives
- U.S. Senate
- VP of Government Affairs / Legal Counsel PIJAC
Michael Maddox (VP of Government Affairs / Legal Counsel PIJAC)
- President & CEO, PIJAC
Michael Canning (President & CEO, PIJAC)
- Director of Fish & Wildlife Service
Dan Ashe (Director of Fish & Wildlife Service)
Stop putting non-native and non-migratory avian species such as parrots on the US Endangered Species Act. It is not going to help, and may damage, those remaining in the wild. And it will lead to a significant decline of each of these species within the United States, where they are thriving in breeding programs and in pet homes. CITES and the Wild Bird Conservation Act are working well and we don't need more regulation! When evaluating a species for inclusion, please take into consideration the captive population numbers and situation as well! And please remove foreign species from the ESA as we have no local jurisdiction, no funding, no staffing and there is no value in making a "gesture" towards them that reduces the captive-bred ark of their gene pools! EXCLUDE FOREIGN SPECIES FROM THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT!
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