Parrots sold as pets face death or a lifetime of suffering

Parrots are poached from the wild, stuffed into small boxes and shipped around the world. Up to 66% may die on their way to the pet shop.

African grey parrot
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African grey parrot
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African grey parrot
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Stolen from the wild

Right now, poachers are exploiting parrots’ intelligent, sociable nature to trap them. They are tying ‘lure’ birds to the forest floor, deliberately injuring the bird and waiting for the birds’ distress to draw wild birds to investigate. As the parrots arrive, they’ll be swept up into nets or find themselves stuck onto branches coated with glue. Trapped and terrified, the parrots will be powerless as the hunters brutally chop at their wing feathers, ending any hope of escape from the traps.

Death in transit

After a long journey out of the jungle in a crowded box, the grey parrots are crammed into a shipping crate with dozens of other terrified birds.

After capture, up to two thirds of these parrots will die before even starting their life as a pet.

Life as a pet

Parrots are highly intelligent and sociable animals entirely unsuited to the solitary life that is all too common as a pet. Many become so distressed and bored in their cage they rip out their own feathers.

Plummeting populations

As well as deforestation and other causes, illegal poaching is playing a part in the devastation of wild populations of African greys. In some areas, decline in wild populations is nearly 80% in the last 50 years, and if demand continues, these amazing animals might disappear entirely from the wild.

African grey parrots are wild animals, not pets.

Donate now and help keep animals in the wild, where they belong.