To Protect Critically Endangered African Grey Parrots from exploitation

To Protect Critically Endangered African Grey Parrots from exploitation

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering whether to approve a breeding program that would allow the import of 4,000 African grey parrots (~55% of them taken from the wild) from South Africa to the U.S. to fuel the pet trade. This number of birds is far more than would be needed to maintain genetic diversity for a healthy captive population. And the exotic breeders behind this admitted in their application that they mismanaged captive breeding of the species in the past.

Captive grey parrots will often pull out their own feathers when they're stressed or bored. They're highly intelligent animals and require a lot of time and specialized care. Many parrots end up in rescues or sanctuaries when well-intentioned owners realize they can’t provide them with a suitable home.

We can't let this slip under the radar unnoticed. We need USFWS and U.S. Department of the Interior to reject this permit application and protect this endangered species from exploitation. You can help by spreading the word across social media and tagging DOI and USFWS.

We need to gather the combined forces of animal activities and rescue and rehabilitation centres to stop this inhumane law being passed.  How on earth can the USA legalise the ILLEGAL CAPTIVITY of wild birds in Africa? THIS MUST BE STOPPED! NOW!

South Africa has no wild grey parrots, yet it is the world’s biggest exporter of the popular endangered birds. Kimon de Greef exposes the role of the breeders in calls for CITES to ban the trade.

In an article on the Illicit African Grey Trade in and from South Africa comes this excerpt:

On June 25, a shipment of 241 African grey parrots arrived at Johannesburg International Airport, purportedly from a breeder in Dubai. Sealed inside several wooden boxes, the birds passed through customs without being inspected by conservation officials, a breach of import regulations.

The importer was a retired state attorney and an executive member of the Parrot Breeders Association of South Africa, Dieter Horstmann. He drove his parrots to a private quarantine facility that afternoon. Horstmann’s troubles began a month later.

Since 1982, the commercial trade in African grey parrots has been regulated, in theory at least, by CITES, the international treaty for protecting endangered wildlife. Grey parrots are among the world’s most popular avian pets, principally due to their ability to mimic human speech, but may soon face extinction in the wild, following decades of overexploitation.

Their listing on Appendix II of CITES imposes conditions on exporters to prevent unsustainable trade – a system that isn’t working, according to conservationists seeking to tighten controls further at the 17th CITES Conference of the Parties (CoP17) in Sandton this week.

Yet it was their current CITES status that led to Horstmann’s parrots being confiscated in July, on suspicion that they had been poached in central Africa."

African Grey Parrots are now protected under CITES Appendix 1 banning or at the very least regulating internation (And in some cases national) trade in African Grey Parrots.

Our birds are being exploited by the very species expected to save them

 Will YOU please help us by signing this petition and sharing it far and wide #ForTheLoveOfGreyParrots



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