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 Help End Legal Trade in African Grey Parrots

Monday, August 22, 2016

The World Parrot Trust launches petition to urge CITES to end legal trade in African Grey parrots.


11 August 2016 – (London)



Hayle, United Kingdom -­‐ The World Parrot Trust (WPT) has launched a petition to urge the public to tell parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) to end international trade in wild African Grey parrots, which are Globally Threatened. The petition can be viewed at


In October, global representatives will meet in Johannesburg, South Africa, at the 17th Conference of the Parties to CITES where, among others, they will decide the fate of this iconic African species.



Every year, thousands of wild African Grey parrots are trapped to be kept as exotic pets around the world. Despite collapses of numbers in the wild, much of this trade remains legal, with over 1.3 million individuals having been exported over the past four decades. This trade is highly damaging to wild populations: as many as fifty percent die before being exported to other countries.



Several African countries and leading conservation organisations have recognised the crisis and are leading efforts to give these threatened birds maximum protection under international law. Making global trade illegal would help safeguard the African Grey parrot’s future in the wild.



According to Tony Juniper, leading environmentalist and World Parrot Trust ambassador, “African grey parrots are quite familiar in cages, but ever more scarce in the tropical forests of which they are such a vital part. This is the one action that could make the biggest difference to the fortunes of these beautiful and iconic birds.”



The World Parrot Trust and other concerned organisations urge CITES to support this action and protect this species from the unsustainable pressure of trapping.

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