Target: John Scanlon, Secretary-General of CITES
Goal: Give maximum protection to African grey parrots to protect the species from the international bird trade.
The population of African grey parrots has been steadily decreasing due to the international bird trade industry. These birds are native to Equatorial Africa and make popular pets due to their impressive intelligence and chattiness. However, this popularity has put them at risk; while many are bred in captivity, it is still extremely common for African grey parrots to be caught from the wild for trade.
According to a new study from the Wildlife Conservation Society and TRAFFIC, an organization that monitors wildlife trade, Singapore has become a major hub for the international bird trade. The city acts as a conduit for birds being shipped from Africa and Europe to East Asia and the Middle East. Many of the birds being traded are listed as protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and African grey parrots are traded more commonly than any other species.
Chris Shepherd, co-author of the study and Southeast Asia’s regional director for TRAFFIC, spoke to National Geographic about the multitude of discrepancies discovered in the trade data, with close to 86,000 birds unaccounted for. Many of the birds being traded are also harvested illegally or falsely marketed as captive-bred when in reality they were caught in the wild.
African grey parrots in particular are at risk from this unregulated trade, and have already been wiped out from several areas of their range. Sign this petition to urge CITES to raise the listing for African grey parrots so that the species receives maximum protection.
Dear Secretary-General Scanlon,
African grey parrots are suffering due to the international bird trade, and have already died out in several areas. These vulnerable birds are popular as pets because they are intelligent and talkative, and as a result many are caught from the wild to be traded for money. This species needs to be protected to keep the population from continuing to decline.
The Wildlife Conservation Society and the wildlife trade monitoring organization TRAFFIC have released a new study which reveals how serious the issue of unregulated international bird trade has become. Singapore has been acting as a conduit for birds being shipped from Africa and Europe to East Asia and the Middle East, and many of the birds discovered there were listed as being in need of protection. Furthermore, a huge amount of discrepancies were found in the trade data, with almost 86,000 birds left unaccounted for.
African grey parrots are traded more frequently than any other species, and are often harvested illegally and falsely marketed as captive-bred when they were caught in the wild. I am urging you to increase the listing of African grey parrots from CITES Appendix II to Appendix I, the strictest category. Please take action to ensure that this vulnerable species receives maximum protection, and keep the African grey parrot from dying out.
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Photo Credit: D Coetzee