Tuesday, November 12, 2013

PBS Nature Takes On the Parrot Pet Trade

When, almost a decade ago, I first began investigating the wild Quaker Parrots of Brooklyn, I didn't have a defined opinion about the pet trade. In fact, at the time I almost felt grateful to it, because, after all, if it wasn't for the pet trade, we wouldn't have wild parrots in Brooklyn at all, would we?

But as I've learned more about the toll such a trade exacts -- both in terms of the loss of wild parrots in their native habitats, and the overproduction of pet birds in the domestic breeding industry, I've hardened my views.

I don't harp on the pet trade issue when I do my tours, because I try to keep my presentation on the positive side, the whole point of my tours being to show people how wonderful parrots can -- when they're allowed to fly free, even in Brooklyn. But I'm very glad that PBS has decided to devote their next Nature program to the pet trade's impact on birds, and on the rare, good people who've taken it upon themselves to attempt to undo the damage that the pet trade does.

Please watch this video when it airs this Wednesday, November 13th. It's important.

Steve Baldwin
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