Stop Mistreatment of Birds and Reptiles in Mass Breeding Facilities

Target: Nora Wineland, Director of the Center for Animal Welfare, The United States Department of Agriculture

Goal: Protect reptiles and small birds from inhumane treatment in mass breeding facilities.

Small bird and reptile mills are not yet licensed and regulated under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). This means that the law does not guarantee ethical treatment of these animals. Because of this loophole, reptiles and birds are neglected, malnourished, and mistreated before they even reach pet stores. It is time to enact legislation to protect small birds and reptiles and monitor the conditions in these mass breeding facilities.

Mass breeding facilities are focused on turning profit and do not adhere to the basic needs of the animals. They force them to live in inadequate conditions and breed them relentlessly, putting their lives at risk. Specifically, mills lack the staffing, space, and time to provide for the specific needs of exotic animals. Parakeets, parrots, finches, and lovebirds require adequate sunlight, a comprehensive diet of seed and vegetables, room to stretch their wings, and constant companionship. Reptiles require a temperature specific environment, an assortment of food that includes live insects, and monitored sunlight throughout the day. The combination of these inadequate living conditions and overbreeding can cause birds and reptiles to become ill, suffer emotional distress, and die well before their life expectancy.

It is time to hold small animal mills accountable for their actions. Every animal deserves protection against pain and suffering. By signing below, you are advocating for reptiles and birds to gain protection under the USDA and for stricter regulations of bird and reptile mills.


Dear Director Wineland,

Birds and reptiles are suffering due to inadequate protection under the USDA. Because they are not included under the Animal Welfare Act, they are especially vulnerable to mistreatment in mass breeding facilities. It is time to recognize small birds and reptiles as protected animals and enforce stricter regulations on small animal mills.

Birds and reptiles require specific conditions in order to be physically and emotionally healthy. In mills, birds and reptiles are confined to small cages in dimly lit areas. They are deprived of necessary companionship and are fed basic diets that do not meet their specific needs. Their cages are dirty and environmental temperatures are not monitored causing frequent illness and premature death. Mass breeding facilities are not meeting the minimum conditions for these animals to maintain health and wellness and need to be fined and closely monitored.

Without USDA inspections of these mills, there is no way to protect small birds and reptiles from suffering and early death. Birds and reptiles deserve compassion and kindness too. Take action now and hold mass breeding facilities accountable for the health and safety of small birds and reptiles.


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