Poached parrots still need your voice
You may have seen the incredible news: just 11 days into our campaign asking Turkish Airlines to stop transporting illegally poached, wild parrots on its planes, they contacted us. Thanks to your support, with more than 100,000 signatures on our petition, we have the opportunity to protect parrots and keep them in the wild where they belong.
We have secured a face-to-face meeting with senior officials at Turkish Cargo, taking place within the next two weeks. We will be discussing best practices and working to find solutions to keep illegally poached wild animals from ending up on their planes. While this is an incredible step forward, we still have a lot of work ahead of us. We must show Turkish Airlines and Turkish Cargo just how many of you are with us. Please sign the petition now to encourage your family and friends to sign.
The African grey parrot is among the most popular bird species kept as pets in Europe, the USA and the Middle East where they are seen as an attractive pet due to their long life, ability to mimic human speech and overall intelligence. But, what sellers don't tell you is that the journey to becoming a pet is one of unimaginable suffering. African grey parrots in the wild are extremely sociable, living in large groups, calling to one another, and flying together for up to 16km at a time.
When captured by poachers, these intelligent birds experience the trauma of having their flight feathers chopped off and being trapped in small boxes with dozens of other birds. Up to 66% of them die on the journey. As pets, many African grey parrots outlive their owners and end up being passed on to relatives or friends who don't want to care for them. Many become so distressed and bored in captivity they pull their feathers out and become ill.
Illegal poaching for the pet trade has decimated wild populations of African grey parrots by up to 99% in some areas. If this demand continues, these amazing animals might disappear entirely from the wild.
You can help stop that from happening.