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Opening A Door I Didn’t Want To

October 23, 2009

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I’ve been researching parrot articles for information, which I will be using in a new blog page.  I’ve found myself asking questions, a lot of “whys” as I  look closer …..  and my questions are opening doors that hide some of the ugly facts which surround parrots.

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), is an international agreement, which was developed to curtail the illegal trade of wildlife.  It is illegal to import all of the exotic animals listed on the CITES list, to any of the member nations.  Member nations include Australia, Canada, and the United States, among other countries.   

Parrot smuggling is alive and well.  Naive me ….. I truly thought that CITES had made a HUGE dent in wildlife smuggling.  However, I have learned that, even today, with all of the measures taken by so many, global trafficking of rare and exotic wildlife is a $10 – $20 BILLION dollar business.  And parrots are among  the most popular on the list.

Oh — and there are parrot mills.  This discovery was quite a shocker for me.

I’ve also discovered that parrot adoption centers and parrot sanctuaries are absolutely flooded.  If you think about it, the larger parrots can live for 80-plus years.  And if you think again, a large majority of parrot purchases are impulse driven.  What percentage of people, who buy a parrot, has really taken the time to research what they are getting into?  And so now these people have a invested into something that they know little about.  And, sometimes, that delight and enthusiasm they first had when they brought a parrot home, turns into anger and resentment towards what they brought home.  Ask yourself if your wonderful pet bird, that you had plans and expectations of, can ever be what you’ve dreamed it should be.  Probably NOT. 

Parrots bite.  They may be cute and cuddly as babies, but things can and do change.  Parrots need socialization.  They should not be put into a dark bathroom or basement or garage because they scream.  That’s what they do.  And they poop.  And they need large cages.  And lots of toys, that can cost lots of money, that they will (hopefully) destroy.  And they also need your time, and your patience and your attention!   You become part of their flock.  They depend on you for everything.  A parrot is NOT domesticated, like a dog or cat, nor will ever be.  And I don’t really care if you’re told that they were hand-fed babies,  so blah blah blah (fill in the blah‘s and insert whatever the pet store or breeder told you).  The bottom line still remains that they are parrots

I am putting together new pages which will relate to this post.  And, I would like ANYONE contemplating purchasing a parrot, to first consider ADOPTING one, please?????  Parrot adoption facilities will assist you by finding the parrot that will match your life style, and they will supply you with the knowledge and learning tools you will need to start the adventure with your new companion.

Please see It’s Your Choice …

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