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 reaching the plane.

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.

What can you do?

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Turkish Airlines Update - 15th March 2019

On Thursday 7th March we met with Turkish Airlines at their headquarters in Istanbul to discuss our concerns with the illegal smuggling of African grey parrots out of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The meeting was very productive, and all sides conveyed concern for the welfare of these animals.

Turkish Airlines agreed that something must be done to protect these animals, and have offered to explore collaborating with us to develop an on-the-ground solution in the DRC in the coming months. This is a terrific result, and we’re pleased that the airline is open to working together to implement far-reaching changes to end the cruel suffering of African grey parrots and potentially other wildlife caught in the illegal exotic pet trade.  

In February, we were encouraged by the steps Turkish Airlines took to protect grey parrots, in the form of their declared global embargo on transporting them, which we announced on February 15. This was a positive result for African grey parrots, but we must keep pressing forward to find solutions to address the illegal trafficking that our investigations uncovered.

We are looking forward to continuing to work with Turkish Airlines and our supporters to protect African grey parrots.

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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