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Jan 11, 2009

Thousands of parrots are taken from the wild each year to be sold as "pets" in Asia, Europe, and even the United States.

The initial shock of losing their freedom and being confined to a cage can kill 10-20% of wild-caught birds. Of those who survive capture, half will die of starvation, dehydration, suffocation, or disease before reaching their final destination.

Researchers in Nicaragua estimate that, to compensate for mortalities, up to four times as many parrots are captured than make it to market. In fact, recognition of the unacceptably high rate of mortality among imported birds helped prompt the U.S. Congress to pass the Wild Bird Conservation Act in 1992.

Though the Act effectively reduced the United States from the largest importer of wild-caught birds to one of the smallest, up to 150,000 parrots are illegally smuggled into the U.S. across the Mexican border each year.
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Posted: Sunday January 11, 2009, 12:18 pm
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Amy W. (7)
Thursday February 26, 2009, 7:50 pm
Bird deaths, in the process of smuggling, is only half of the story. When owners of "illegals" are caught, many times that animals are destroyed by the Department of Natural Resources.
I have a quick story about a Grass Parakeet that caught my eye in a pet store in the town that I grew up in. The store employee stated that the bird was not for sale, had been dropped off by the DNR to be picked up later as is was confiscated from someone that had imported and housed "illegals". I remember visiting the parakeet frequently on the way home from school and often wondered about the compassionate DNR agent who never picked up the bird. :-)

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