Ask CITES to end the trade in Wild African Grey Parrots!

  • by: Sammy Bryant
  • target: CITES Parties in attendance at CoP17, CITES Secretariat

African Grey Parrots are on the brink of extinction in the wild.

In just a few weeks, representatives for CITES will meet in Johannesburg, South Africa to determine the fate of several iconic African species, including the African Grey Parrot. Once common throughout Africa, it is estimated that over 3 million Greys have been snatched from the wild in an attempt to sell them in the (currently) legal parrot trade. In Ghana alone, a recent study estimated that the Grey population has dropped as much as 90-99%. Elsewhere, in the Congo Basin, ever declining Grey numbers are forcing trappers into more remote areas.

Despite the catastrophic population losses, much of this trade remains legal.

The fate of the Greys, and how they can, and can’t, be traded around the world, will be decided in just a few short weeks at the 17th Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP17). The World Parrot Trust (who will be in attendance at the meeting) has created a petition to ask CITES to “Move the Grey Parrot to Appendix I and end the trade in wild birds of this Globally Threatened Species for good.” Here at Care2, we would like to add our voices to those at the WPT and ask that CITES do the right thing and end the trade in African Greys.

If you would like to see an end to the horrific wild bird trade, please take a moment to sign this petition and the official World Parrot Trust petition. Add your voice to the thousands that are asking for wild African Greys to be saved before it is too late!

Find the World Parrot Trust petition here and website here

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CITES, please listen to the World Parrot Trust and move the Grey Parrot to Appendix I.

Update #27 months ago
SUCESS! On Oct. 2nd, CITES and 95 countries voted to end the international trade in African Greys. On behalf of myself, the World Parrot Trust, and the Greys, thank you for all of your signatures, shares, and support! This is a great start, but there still is a lot of work to do to protect the iconic Grey Parrot. I would like to invite you to join the WPT and stay up to date on important avian conservation issues by visiting: http://tinyurl.com/WPTupdates -With warmest thanks, Sammy Bryant
Update #18 months ago
Thank you all so much for your support and signatures- I am so very inspired by the many wonderful comments. CITES meets from September 24 to October 5, and I will make sure that all of your signatures and comments make it into the right hands. Please continue to sign and share and together we can create a better future for African Greys! -Samantha Bryant
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