Stop the Solomon Islands from Illegally Exporting Exotic Birds

Target: Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species

Goal: Implement a trade suspension with the Solomon Islands until illegal bird trading is stopped

Traffic, a wildlife trade watchdog group, has reported that the Solomon Islands are a hot spot for what they are dubbing exotic bird “laundering.” Exotic birds including parrots, cockatoos, and others have been exported in numbers of more than 50,000 over the last 10 years. More than 40,000 of those birds were officially declared as captive-bred. However, there are no captive breeding programs located on the islands, indicating that the islands are trying to get around international trade regulations. Most of the birds exported are bound for Malaysia and Singapore, where there is a high demand for exotic birds. The majority of the birds exported by the Solomon Islands are threatened or endangered, making it crucial that the situation is investigated and stopped immediately.

Thirty-five bird species have been exported by the Solomon Islands. Most are native species, but some are endemic to Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, in which case no record exists for their importation, plans to re-export them, or beginning captive breeding programs. Of the bird species native to the Solomon Islands, the yellow crested cockatoo is categorized as critically endangered. International conservation organizations agree that the capture and exportation of these birds need to stop.

Malaysia has already suspended imports from the Solomon Islands and Singapore is urged to do the same. Please sign this petition and ask the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species to investigate this situation and implement a trade suspension if illegal bird trade is indeed found.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear CITES,

As the authority on global wildlife trade, you must give your attention to the exotic bird “laundering” situation occurring in the Solomon Islands immediately. More than 50,000 birds, including many species that are threatened or endangered, were exported over the last 10 years according to wildlife trade watchdog group Traffic. Of those, more than 40,000 were declared as captive-bred. However, Solomon Islands officials admit there are no captive breeding programs on the islands. The “laundering” of exotic birds must end. Do not let the Solomon Islands sidestep international trade regulations at the expense of the livelihood of certain species.

The yellow crested cockatoo is one bird that is listed as critically endangered and being exported by the Solomon Islands. International conservation organizations agree that the capture and exportation of these birds need to stop. Malaysia has already suspended the importation of birds from the islands after concerns were raised.

Please investigate this situation immediately and implement a trade suspension if illegal bird trading is being carried out.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

 

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  1. Birds belong free and not in cages. They were born to fly. They certainly do not belong in the pet trade.

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