Ripped from the wild

Poachers use several dirty tricks to lure these intelligent birds into their traps.

Relying on parrots’ sociable nature, trappers use tied down ‘lure’ birds to draw wild birds down into large nets or onto tree branches coated with a powerful glue.

Trapped and distressed, the hunters brutally chop off their flight feathers so they won’t fly away and bundle them into cramped, crowded boxes.

Death in transit

After a long, arduous journey out of the jungle, the parrots are crammed into a larger shipping crate with dozens of other illegally captured birds.

66% of these parrots will die before even starting their life as a pet.

Because Turkish Airlines has failed to check these crates thoroughly for African grey parrots and other protected birds, these shipping crates end up on its planes destined for overseas markets in the Middle East and Asia.

Plummeting populations

In the wild, they are an endangered species – with populations having decreased by up to 79% in almost 50 years. Yet, it is estimated up to 21% of the wild population of grey parrots are harvested for the trade every year.

A life of torture

African grey parrots are wild animals, not pets.

They are very intelligent and sociable, and are not suited for a solitary life in a cage or home. Many become so distressed and bored they pull their feathers out and become ill.

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Turkish Airlines: Please stop transporting all birds out of the Democratic Republic of Congo until you can be sure African grey parrots are being protected.

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African grey parrot at a home in Scotland - World Animal Protection - Wildlife. Not pets

A pet African grey parrot in a home in Scotland

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