Wild Parrot Confiscation Network
What are confiscations?
Psittacines are protected by many laws and regulations: international treaties, national laws, state/provincial.district laws, local and municipal laws. Law enforcement authorities may seize parrots for many reasons, but the most common are associated with wildlife poaching and trafficking. Often large numbers of chicks are seized in transit or in efforts to cross borders.
Trafficking and poaching are the root cause for many species decline and extinction. It is estimated that 90% eggs are poached from Cental American species alone; and no one knows how many thousands of young chicks slip through surveillance and end up in lifelong, miserable captivity. *0-90% poached birds die before reaching their destination; of the survivors, 80-90% die in their first year. The remainder on average have 10 homes in their short, miserable lives in captivity. Do the math:
100 chicks stolen from doting parent who grieve for months
80 die in transit
20 survive the trip
16 die in the first year
4 survive to be troubled, sick, screaming crazy and sad birds, shuffled from place to place for decades.
There are no official organizations that care for these birds. Most governments do not, and often do not fund the efforts by NGO.
It is very difficult to return them to the wild. there are few facilities that can raise baby parrots to be wild, intelligent and ready to be free. It costs a lot of money and a long time.
There are almost no safe and protected placed for them to return to the wild, secure from re-entering the trafficking cycle.
Re-patriation, the process of getting birds back to a safe place in the country in which they were poached, is almost impossible; especially crossing international borders and multiple governments and levels of government.
It costs lots and lots of money.