Prevent Cruel Parrot Poaching Through Police Coordination

Target: André Mendonça, Minister of Justice and Public Security, Brazil

Goal: Establish administrative laws to allow police to effectively fight massive illegal poaching.

More than 12,000 turquoise-fronted parrot hatchlings are stolen from their nests every year in Brazil’s Cerrado region to feed significant international demand. The birds are popular for their exceptionally strong mimicry abilities and fondness for singing. Without oversight, the chicks are frequently smothered, injured, or otherwise harmed as they’re packed into crates in overheated storage facilities, resulting in a growing threat to the species’ survivability.

Despite the efforts of police, the annual illegal trade in these birds has increased in recent years because the agencies responsible operate in wildly differing ways, often with minimal communication or cooperation. Law enforcement in Brazilian states is carried out by half a dozen different agencies, and without a standardized procedure or requirements for coordination, the vast majority of poachers and smugglers slip through controls.

To demand that Brazil’s police forces work together to fight back against this illegal trade, sign the petition below.


Dear Minister Mendonça,

Each year, an incalculable number of turquoise-fronted parrots are taken from their nests, kept in suffocating and unsanitary conditions, and shipped abroad to feed the booming illegal pet trade. Although these birds are accorded protected status under federal law and the trade is nominally countered by law enforcement, police lack established procedures to enable effective counter-poaching and smuggling operations.

I urge you to work with your colleagues in the Ministry of Defense and state governors to create a comprehensive framework to allow police to coordinate their efforts and save these unique birds.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Charles J Sharp

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