Stop critically endangered parrots pet trade.

Stop critically endangered parrots pet trade.

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Friend of the Earth needs your signatures to let the Pet industry know that it is time to stop trading parrots from the wild as pets. Pet industry must be transparent about the origin of these and other parrots and accept to undergo our verification to confirm that they are not impacting parrots populations in the wild. We will send your signatures to the major Pet companies and provide you with feedback.

There are 394 species of parrots in the world. Parrots are considered among the smartest birds, based on human parameters, and they are very popular as pets because they can imitate human voices.

Many factors are contributing towards the declining trend of parrots population worldwide much of which is due to human activity. One of the most prominent reason is intentional targeting such as hunting, trapping and trading which threatens the highest numbers of the species.

According to the latest IUCN data, 214 species are decreasing in numbers. Among all the species, 9.1% and 4.1% of the parrot species are categorized as endangered and critically endangered respectively while 14.2% are considered vulnerable. In utter dismay, 4.1% of these beautiful birds already became extinct with major areas of concern are Sub-Saharan Africa and Caribbean Islands.

Eighteen species of parrots are critically endangered and might become extinct soon. Three of them are particularly endangered and could be saved by stopping their trade as pets and protecting them locally. 

The Blue-winged Racket Tail, endemic to Philippines’ Tawi-Tawi island. Rapid habitat loss and degradation due to mining, farming, and hunting for pet trade have reduced its population to  only about 50 to 249.

The Yellow-crested Cockatoo, found in forests in East Timor and some islands of Indonesia. The population of this bird is estimated to be less than 1,000 to 2,499 mature individuals. Illegal trapping for international trade in the species and large-scale deforestation are both responsible for the decline of the species.

The Red-vented Cockatoo, is endemic to the Philippines. The rapid population decline is due to habitat loss and capture for the cagebird trade. About 650 to 1,120 individuals of this species survive in the wild.

Friend of the Earth needs your Help to let the Pet industry know that it is time to stop trading these pets. Pet industry must be transparent about the origin of these and other parrots and accept to undergo our verification to confirm that they are not impacting parrots populations in the wild. 

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