About Wild Caught Parrots

Parrots.org Fly Free Campaign: Link

FlyFree is a new initiative from the World Parrot Trust to create awareness and support for its decade-long efforts to end the trade in wild caught birds.
This 12-month campaign supports direct action to save wild parrots.

100% of funds raised are used to:

• Help rescue, rehabilitate and release individual birds caught in the trade
• Further efforts to confiscate illegal shipments of parrots, as a deterrent to
  future trade
• Encourage the adoption and enforcement of laws that protect parrots
• Support global awareness and education programs for school-aged children 
  and the general public
• Develop broad-based coalitions to advocate on behalf of parrots
• Fund research into better understanding regional aspects of the trade

Fundraising goals:
1) US $25,000 (£15,000 | €17,000) by January 31, 2010
2) US $75,000 (£45,000 | €50,000) for the full year, ending December 31, 2010

Over the past several decades the trade in wild caught birds has caused the suffering and loss of millions of birds. Legal and illegal harvests for the international pet trade have been shown to be destructive to wild populations; few birds survive from trapping to the point of sale. Those that do survive may carry diseases, some of which have led to dangerous and costly outbreaks in the importing countries. Thanks to work spearheaded by the WPT in the EU, much of the international trade has now ceased, but countries in Asia and the Middle East actively import wild-caught birds. In places where parrots occur naturally, trapping continues to supply demand as well.
FlyFree supports the front-line efforts of partner agencies in India, Indonesia, Cameroon, Kenya, Brazil, Guatemala and Belize -- all committed to ending the wild bird trade. Read more about their individual efforts on our Partners Page.
Working with our partners, the WPT provides logistical and operating support for these groups and their efforts to enforce wildlife laws to protect the birds. The WPT will fulfill the needs of parrots confiscated from traders by helping these groups to rescue, rehabilitate and release individual birds caught in the trade.

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