Wild Caught Parrots

A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

Who cares about wild caught birds anyway?

Who even knows what goes on in the jungles of the world and how the birds are affected?

Why does it matter?

What’s all the fuss about?

It doesn’t affect me anyway!

What was World Parrot Day all about and why was it necessary?

Who bothered to turn up for it?

Even if we cared enough to do something, what could we do?

Why should we do anything anyway?

After all there is nothing about it in the news!

GIZMO’S ANSWERS

Why you may say, am I a mere bird going to answer the questions Mum has just asked?

Simple, I am one of the millions of creatures that are affected by this cruel, barbaric and inhumane trade and YOU are the other ones that are all affected by it too!

YES, YOU
EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU,
WHETHER YOU HAVE A BIRD OR NOT, EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THE WORLD IS AFFECTED BY THIS TRADE.

AND THIS IS WHY ……….

What Happens to these free flying birds in the Jungle? What’s all the fuss about?
The most favourite, easiest and cheapest way used is to wait for dawn to appear.

Look for a flock of birds flying overhead.

Catch 1 single bird.

Throw it on the floor and put a foot on its back.

Get a Machete and roughly chop off both wings.

Pick the screaming bird up and cut a small slit in its throat.

Put glue or sap on the bottom of its feet.

Stick the bird to a branch of the tree.

Return to the cover of the trees in the jungle and wait.

Soon the rest of the flock will come down to try to help their friend, who is bleeding and screaming in fear and pain.

Imagine the pain and fear that bird is experiencing at this moment, when all it can see through blood smeared eyes are the men who have tortured it, smiling and smoking and chatting.

The rest of the flock gather around and suddenly, big thick nets are thrown over their heads.

The flock thrash about in panic, damaging feet, wings, beaks, in their fear and anxiety.

Then the men appear.

The birds are grabbed by one wing, by a hand wearing a thick glove; after all, the men don’t want to get hurt by biting birds, heavens above, that would be cruel!!!!

They are then shoved roughly into wooden boxes, crammed in so tight that they can hardly breathe, let alone stretch their wings.

Their eyes are bulging with fear, they are biting each other to try to find space, some are bleeding from wounds, others are in pain from ripped claws and broken wings, some of them have already suffered shock and are taking their very last breath.

Then begins the second part of the nightmare.

They are destined to be taken to a holding shed, where they are kept, often for days, with little water (which is dirty from the previous occupants) and if lucky a few seeds are thrown in. The birds have to fight each other just to gain a morsel of food.

Then they are once again crammed into carrier. These can be anything from a suitcase to a box. Often the birds are packed in tubes or laid one on top of another. Then they are shipped to the country that is to sell them, having spent hours in these conditions, without water or food. Many of the birds die in transit, some start to eat each other in order to try to prevent starvation.
The catchers go home with a pocket full of money and a mind empty of guilt.
So What, Why Does It Matter?

YOU ALL LIKE TO THINK THAT YOU BELONG TO THE HUMAN RACE DON’T YOU.

WELL WHAT THE HELL IS HUMAN ABOUT THAT PRACTISE?

If that is being “Human” Well

THEN I AM GLAD THAT I DO NOT BELONG TO THE HUMAN RACE AND THAT I HAVE BEEN BORN A BIRD INSTEAD, BECAUSE IN THE BIRD WORLD WE DO NOT BEHAVE IN SUCH A BARBARIC AND CRUEL WAY TO OUR FELLOW CREATURES. WE KILL FOR FOOD AND OUR OWN PROTECTION, NOT FOR MERE MONETARY REASONS!

BETWEEN 8 AND 20 MILLION EXOTIC BIRDS ARE TRAPPED IN THE WILD EACH YEAR.

UP TO 4 OUT OF 5 DIE BEFORE THEY EVEN REACH THE PET SHOPS.
(THESE FIGURES ARE FACTUAL AND EXTRACTED CURTESY OF THE LABOUR PARTY PAMPHLET ON THE WORLD BIRD TRADE OF 1997)
IN THE EARLY 1990’s THERE WAS AN EFFORT TO END WILD BIRD IMPORTS WHICH RESULTED IN

* A RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT CALLING FOR A BAN
* MANY AIRLINES REFUSED TO CARRY WILD CAUGHT BIRDS ON THEIR PLANES.

Traders soon found faceless cargo carriers willing for a price to move these poor birds.
Money talks!
OK, BUT IT DOESN’T AFFECT MANY PEOPLE DOES IT?

WRONG!

WILD BIRD IMPORTS AFFECT US ALL IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS:-

* It threatens human lives and livelihoods – Exotic Newcastle’s Disease (E.N.D) and Avian Flu outbreaks can kill many human beings as well as birds and costs millions, especially as the risk is greater now with EU expansion.

Recently, a consignment of 4000 wild parrots imported into Italy from Pakistan, tested positive for E.N.D, resulting in them all having to be destroyed.

* It threatens the survival of species such as the African Grey. We have already lost many parrot species such as the Spix’s Macaw. Since 1975, 34 species of parrots have become extinct, with many more becoming endangered.

* It threatens our own domestically bred parrots as many of these diseases can be contagious between birds and can be caught from humans who have been in contact with diseases birds.

* Parrots are being harvested faster than they can sustain themselves through the normal breeding pattern, that is why species are becoming extinct.
* Unsuspecting and novice purchasers find that the bird that they have purchased has developed a variety of captivity induced psychosis which results in them being untamed, growling and biting (through fear), especially as many of these birds are already adults when caught. This creates an unwanted pet, which then tends to be passed from owner to owner, without anyone bothering to try to calm and pacify the poor creature.

* Their diets change dramatically and they are fed unsuitable and sometimes toxic foodstuffs due to their new owner’s ignorance.

* These poor birds are often ill treated to the point of cruelty because disillusioned owners inflict punishments on a shrieking, biting bird. A bird that has done no wrong, a bird that does not understand what is happening to it, a bird that only has its beak as a weapon of defence. A scared, frighten and confused bird that cannot explain its feelings to a human, nor anything else that might conceivably understand it. Alone in its trauma and misery.

* Finally, due to the litany of stresses endured between the wild and their final destination, many parrots easily succumb to disease, malnourishment and consequently often die prematurely as a result.

SO, WHAT WAS WORLD PARROT DAY ALL ABOUT?

It was about making the public aware of the cruelty involved in Wild Caught Parrots.

It was about highlighting the consequences of importing Wild Caught Parrots.

It was to present a 33,000 strong petition to Tony Blair at Downing Street, calling for an EU ban on wild import Parrots.

Who attended this event?

The President of the World Parrot Trust.
Alan Jones, a leading Avian Vet.
Quentin Blake, the children’s writer and illustrator.
Several Members of the World Parrot Trust & their parrots.
Myself, Steve, Graham, Sue and Norma, a photographer friend of mine, together with……
Gizmo,(A VIP Guest of the World Parrot Trust) Sir Morris, Lady Cluck, and Izzy-Wizzy.

Plus about 2000 people in Trafalgar Square and the population of Central London! At this point, Gizmo has asked Sue to continue the story……..

SO WHAT CAN YOU DO IN THE FUTURE TO HELP MY WILD PARROT FRIENDS?

Sign the petition on the internet that calls for a ban.

Never buy a parrot that is not captive bred in this country.

Discourage friends from buying wild caught parrots.

Make as many people as you can, aware of this awful practise of trapping wild parrots.

If you are unlucky enough to have one yourself, then have patience, understanding and pity for the bird’s plight.

Seek help to deal with the traumatic bird; don’t just pass it on to someone else, simply because it is not tame and cuddly.

Remember to show humanity when dealing with these and any other creature that is dependant upon us for its wellbeing.

Show your support for this ban; try turning up to some of these events, then maybe you will fully understand why I and many of my friends do not always appreciate what the true meaning of being a “Human” means!

WHAT WAS ACHIEVED BY THIS WORLD PARROT DAY?

* A great many people attended the rally.
* We toured Central London for 3 hours on an open topped bus proclaiming what we were doing and trying to achieve.
* We gave out leaflets to everyone that we could.
* I (Gizmo) presented the petition directly to No. 10 Downing Street in front of the World press.
* We made it into the media and news in Canada, America, Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain and Great Britain.
* I did an hour long programme on BBC, a live interview with Mum on East Midlands Today, an interview with Sky News and Morris and Cluck made it onto the FRONT page of the Guardian. We were also splashed all over the many web sites across the world and we actually managed to bring London to a stop!

ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS AND ALTHOUGH I CAN ONLY SPEAK A FEW WORDS, MUM AND MY FRIENDS FILLED IN THE GAPS FOR ME, SO THAT AT LEAST FOR ONCE, PARROTS HAD THEIR SAY.
Now that’s what I call being “HUMAN” !

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