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Parrots and other Exotic Birds in the Bird Trade
Polly want a cracker? Pets bring us so much joy. There's nothing
like coming home for the first time with your new puppy or fish.
One kind of animal that thousands of people own are
birds, especially parrots. Thousands of parrots are sold in the
United States every year. Parrots are brightly colored extremely
intelligent animals that make for a loveable and fun pet.
Many parrots that you find in the pet store have been bred as
pets and are legal. But there is also a dark side to the parrot
trade. Some parrots are taken from their wild homes and smuggled
to market centers for sale to unsuspecting customers. The illicit
trade in parrots can involve the laundering or falsification of
shipping documents. And often birds die while being smuggled.
Guatemala Amazon parrots are a commonly traded bird species.
If you're traveling abroad and are tempted to purchase an exotic
bird, be sure to investigate everything about it. Because papers
and permits are often falsified it can be hard to determine the
origin of the bird. If anything seems suspicious to you, it
probably is. And pet birds have to go through quarantine before
they can enter the United States, to be sure that they don't
introduce dangerous exotic diseases.
Bringing a live wild animal into another country can be
difficult, especially if you don't have proper permits. And your
new beloved pet could be confiscated. So it is probably in your
best interest to wait, and find a certified vendor at home.
Wildlife Trade Buyer Beware
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