Breeders and parrot hobbyists argue that by breeding parrots in captivity they help to reduce illegal poaching and the appeal for legal exportation of wild caught parrots for the pet trade, thereby preserving and protecting the species in the wild.
Breeding parrots in captivity, whether for the pet trade or as a hobby, does not preserve the species in their natural habitat. Only through official conservation breeding programs, which are usually federally funded, nonprofit, and conducted by knowledgeable and highly skilled conservationists and ornithologists, can we effectively preserve parrot species in the wild.
Breeders and hobbyists who claim their breeding efforts preserve the species, pour millions of baby parrots into the pet trade each year. This is not only increasing the astronomical numbers of unwanted and homeless companion parrots that end up in shelters and sanctuaries, it is increasing parrot suffering and mortality.
What you can do to help captive parrots and protect parrots in the wild:
- Support legitimate wild parrot conservation organizations.
- Leave breeding to wildlife conservationist experts who repopulate the species into the wild.
- Do not breed.
- Do not buy. Instead, adopt and rescue a homeless parrot if you are wanting to make a parrot part of your family.
- Write letters to pet stores letting them know you don’t approve of selling live animals and that you will boycott their store until they stop.
- Write to your legislators and encourage them to create stronger laws to protect wild and captive birds.
- Write to representatives of countries that legally catch, export and import wild parrots to let them know that you will boycott their products and avoid traveling to their country. Ask them to enforce existing laws that restrict the catching and exportation of wild caught parrots.
- Encourage countries that exploit, import, and export their wildlife, to instead use their natural resources for environmentally friendly tourism.
- For more information about parrot conservation, visit The World Parrot Trust.