Suspend Trade of African Grey Parrots

Target: Secretary General of CITES John Scanlon

Goal: Protect wild African Grey Parrots from being trapped and traded around the world.

The African Grey Parrot is one of the most intelligent inquisitive birds in existence today. Sadly, this intelligence and one of the best capacities for speech mimicry among parrots makes them extremely popular as pets. This, in turn, has created a growing industry revolving around the wild capture and trade of these gentle birds.

At present, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, also known as CITES, lists these animals as trade restricted due to the inability for wild populations to sustain trapping for the pet trade. Next week the CITES Standing Committee will convene in Switzerland to once again consider the fate many wild species including African Grey Parrots.

Nations such as the Democratic Republic of Congo are seeking to maintain existing quotas or even expand them beyond the current 5,000 bird limit, which is already routinely exceeded. Also, nations such as Cameroon that currently have what is listed as a “zero export quota” are seeking to gain official allowances to trap and export wild-caught African Greys. Often this trade is already conducted in spite of the fact that they are listed as a zero-quota nation, and already as many as 5,000 wild caught birds have been exported from Cameroon over the last four years.

This species deserves protection. Trade quotas for these animals must be reduced or eliminated, not expanded upon. Harsher penalties must also be put in place for the many nations that routinely exceed their agreed upon quotas. I ask you to lend your voice in urging CITES to adopt a trade suspension from these two countries to protect thousands of wild African Greys from being trapped and forced into the cages of unwitting owners around the world.

Demand that these birds be protected, that they may be allowed the freedom to live in their natural habitat where they belong, not adorning the cages of pet shops around the world.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary General Scanlon,

African Grey Parrots are among the most intelligent and inquisitive members of the entire animal kingdom. As a shy but loving species, these birds are extremely trainable and rank as perhaps the best human voice mimics of all parrots. This unfortunately has made African Grey Parrots extremely popular for the worldwide pet trade, highlighting a booming wild-caught parrot industry that far too often operates along fringes of legality.

At present, these animals are listed as trade restricted due to the inability for wild populations to sustain trapping for the pet trade. This does not currently prevent their capture, however, but merely imposes limitations byway of maximum allowable quotas. Next week, the CITES Standing Committee will convene in Switzerland to once again consider the fate many wild species including African Grey Parrots. Here the opportunity is present to further protect these animals beyond current measures.

The committee must look past lobbying from nations such as the Democratic Republic of Congo that are seeking to maintain existing quotas or even expand them beyond the current 5,000 bird limit, which is already routinely exceeded. It must also address nations such as Cameroon, which currently have what is listed as a “zero export quota” and are seeking to gain official allowances to trap and export wild caught African Greys.

This species deserves protection. Look beyond the lobbying to what is right; trade quotas for these animals must be reduced or eliminated. Harsher penalties must also be enacted for the many nations that routinely exceed their agreed upon quotas. I urge you first and foremost to adopt a trade suspension for these two countries to protect thousands of wild African Greys from being trapped and forced into the cages of unwitting owners around the world.

Now is the time to set a precedent and protect African Grey Parrots from the exploitative wild-caught trade. Suspend the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cameroon from all trade of these animals; protect them before wild populations are unsustainably depleted.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. Birds belong free and flying in their natural habitats, not in cages and not in the pet trade.

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