Photo: Nicolas Paulin/AdobeStock. Dozens of wild-caught African greys (left) confiscated from illegal trade in Eastern Europe are now recovering in France. The birds are being rehabilitated before a possible release back in to the wild in Central Africa 

A ‘MAKE A Change’ campaign to raise funds and awareness for parrots in jeopardy worldwide has been launched by the World Parrot Trust (WPT).

From now until January 31, 2018, donations to the cause will be doubled by a generous WPT supporter. The WPT’s goal is to reach a total of £60,000 matched.

The campaign aims to bring awareness to the thousands of parrots annually subjected to severe distress through trapping for the wildlife trade, abandonment and abuse. It will support authorities to better manage confiscations, increase the capacity of parrot rescues, ensure veterinary care for injured or sick birds, provide training to staff tasked with the birds’ care and will encourage releases back to the wild. Where possible, through the Make a Change campaign, the WPT will engage in other related conservation and welfare activities.

Cristiana Senni, WPT trade specialist, said: “Each time we learn about a confiscation, we feel both encouraged about the successful enforcement effort, and concerned about the conditions of the parrots – suffering from the way they were trapped and kept.”

The WPT says 2017 has been a pivotal year for change, having increasingly partnered with in-country organisations to provide urgent and long-term care for parrots.

In Bolivia, the Wild Parrots Conservation Center (CREA) was launched – a new centre to rehabilitate thousands of wild-caught parrots intercepted from illegal trade. Staff are tasked with preparing birds that are able to be released back into the wild.

WPT Bolivia manager, José Díaz Luque, said: “Unfortunately, making an activity illegal does not end it. Illicit parrot trade continues to be a serious problem around the world, with thousands of parrots still traded on black markets within tropical and subtropical countries and smuggled elsewhere for sale.”

To donate to the Make a Change campaign, visit: www.parrots.org/change

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