Wildlife FOR SALE

  • Indian star tortoises

  • Asian otters

  • African grey parrots

It’s no wonder these little creatures are called stars!

Want something easy to transport?

These guys are so easy to move around that most poachers just scoop them up and stuff them in a sack with dozens of their friends. Many suffocate, but there’s plenty more where they came from (sort of!).

Want a popular pet?

With an estimated 55,000 Indian star tortoises illegally poached for the pet trade every year from just one of many trade locations, you’re sure to be in good company with this little reptile.

Looking for something delicate?

Don’t be fooled by their tough skin and hard shell, these tortoises are big softies on the inside. In fact, just handling them a little too much can lead to disease, stress and even death – how refined!

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Now here’s something that’ll make all your friends jealous – your very own semi-aquatic cutie!

Looking for commitment?

Otters often mate for life in the wild, so when one a pup is ripped away from its home for your pet-owning pleasure you can be sure they’ll stay loyal.

Always wanted to adopt?

Poachers often select baby otters for the pet trade and will kill their fiercely protective parents in the process – so no need to worry about those pesky birth parents.

Like pets with party tricks?

Once snatched from the wild, these furry little fellas start acting a bit cuckoo. Unnatural behaviours include begging for food, pacing back and forth, and even developing obsessive compulsive disorder – how cute.

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One of the most poached animals in the world – and for good reason!

Need some attention?

In the wild, these parrots love nothing more than socialising in flocks of up to 1,000 birds. Can you imagine how much attention you’ll get from your pet parrot without all those other parrots to distract them?

Not a fan of feathers?

Don’t worry. Many of these highly intelligent animals tear out their feathers from the stress and boredom of being trapped in a house.

Want a unique pet?

Thanks to illegal trapping and deforestation, some wild parrot populations have declined by as much as 99% – so they’re super exclusive pets. PLUS, up to 66% die before they even become a pet, making yours even more special.

Stop the exotic pet trade

Our pet listings are fake, but sadly this cruel trade is all too real

Humans have been sharing their homes with domesticated animals for millenia. But a darker side of the pet trade has exploded in recent times: exotic pets. Cruelty and suffering is unavoidable in the catching or breeding, sale and ownership of these wild animals.

For African grey parrots, one of the most illegally trafficked birds, a life in captivity is a life of misery. Poachers have been using Turkish Airlines planes to illegally smuggle African grey parrots from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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.

Turkish Airlines must take action

Parrots, otters and tortoises might seem like great pets, but they're not. Keeping them in captivity is cruel

Sign the petition now

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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Join us to call on Turkish Airlines to stop transporting all birds, until it’s sure African grey parrots and other protected species aren’t being flown illegally on its planes.

Turkish Airlines signed an agreement to help stop the global illegal wildlife trade. However, our investigation reveals that it's failing to uphold this promise.

Illegally trafficked African grey parrots:

  • have their flight feathers brutally chopped off
  • are crammed into small, dirty containers
  • have a mortality rate of 66% before even starting their life as a pet.
  • suffer a life of misery, if they survive the journey

African grey parrots often rip out their feathers when kept as a pet, due to stress and boredom

Tell the world: