Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Pennsylvania Woman Sues PA Game Commission For Quaker Parrot Seizure

Monk parakeets (AKA Quaker Parrots) are illegal to own in many states, including Pennsylvania, where the Pennsylvania Game Commission is notorious for entering homes without search warrants, seizing pet parrots, and carting them off for immediate euthanization.

I presented at a Pennsylvania bird club several years ago, and was shocked to learn that some Quaker Parrot owners in Pennsylvania are so terrified of the Game Commission's intimidating tactics that they use code words  when describing their pets in public places or on the telephone.

But a 63-year old Youngwood, PA woman is fighting back, after authorities went to her home and seized her pet Quaker, Gizmo, after being "tipped off" by an informant. She is suing the state and insisting on the bird's safe return, according to the web site

At last word, Gizmo is still alive, but state officials have not disclosed his location, which is very worrisome. Let us hope that reason prevails against hysteria in the State of Pennsylvania, however futile such a hope might be.
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