One minute, Rambo was flying free through the sky in Malle, Belgium, the next minute he was a cloud of feathers and blood. In the blink of an eye, Joseph Verdyck, Rambo's owner saw his beloved pet macaw blown out of the sky and plummet to the ground. Minutes later, dogs pounced upon Rambo's lifeless body and devoured him.
Joseph was in shock. He looked around to see what could have happened and saw a group of hunters. When he confronted them and told them that they had shot his parrot the man simply apologized and said he thought he would shoot it because it wasn't "illegal to kill exotic birds" in Belgium.
The man eventually offered to reimburse Joseph for his loss, but that is not enough! Joseph raised Rambo and his other macaw Mera from hatchlings, and he even taught them to fly. The day Rambo was shot Joseph had taken them out to a nearby field where they could get some exercise. Like many parrot owners, Joseph let them free fly and he had trained them to come back to him. In fact, according to experts Rambo was one of the best trained birds in the country. And now he is dead.
There are so many issues with this story. Why would a hunter, who is supposed to be out in search of game to eat, shoot a brightly colored bird out of the sky? Hunters are supposed to take animals for food, not for fun, but this hunter killed Rambo just for the heck of it and then let his dogs treat it him like a chew toy.
Belgians are outraged at the actions of this irresponsible "sportsman" and so is the rest of the world. This hunter must face justice. Rambo deserves nothing less.
Sign the petition and tell Malle officials to prosecute the hunter and strip him of his hunting license.
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