Laws Against Shipping Unweaned Parrots

Laws Against Shipping Unweaned Parrots

Being a bird lover, an environmentalist, a practitioner of aviculture or an ornithologist is an amazing feel in itself. If you are someone from the same league and questions of taking care of young birds and laws against shipping birds concern you, then this article is here to solve all your queries. Birds are delicate creatures which make them one of a kind in the animal kingdom. These tender beings indeed require unconventional love and special care. But when it comes to the question of taking care of the younger birds, the quest becomes harder and challenging.

Parrots – one of the most common and alluring beauties are the most loved bird pet all over the world. These glorious birds not only calm one’s senses with their colorful plumage and aesthetically adorned naturalness but are also a very smart species. It could be said that these are the birds with beauty and brain but they too have some peculiarities. What makes them unique is their ability to sense emotions and imitate responses to the emotional and physical external beings. Parrots, if trained and taken care of in the right way, can become a lifelong companion, but, if mistreated, they become aggressive, noisy birds and one would certainly not want a have a beak poking story.

According to the reports of International Parrot Trade, 75% of the birds owned (exported and imported) is a part of the Psittaciformes order (which are parrots). Although there are some legal and illegal ways in which the bird trade is carried out, there are some questions which concern a regular pet owner or a bird lover.

Back in 1992, the Wild Bird Conservation Act laid an emphasis on protection of the wild bird species which were under the threat of extinction. Since then, there are some critical steps taken to reduce the illegal export of birds and curb this inhumane practice. However, it’s hard to track the exact number of birds trafficked every year and sadly, the illegal smuggling is still a common practice around the globe. This is the reason behind tightening of security standards by many airport authorities. This has been initiated ever since the authorities have been advised by the governments to pay particular attention to shipping of birds over national as well as international borders.

In October 2005, there was even a temporary ban on the imports of wild birds sanctioned as a measure to safeguard the spreading of H5N1 avian influenza. But, the question remains unanswered, whether a pet-owner or a bird lover is allowed to carry a bird on the plane? Are there restrictive laws against shipping unweaned parrots by air?

The answer is a simple ‘NO.’ There aren’t many statutory clauses against transporting or shipping unweaned birds by air yet; but again, there could be some special excuses (by different countries) for not formulating these. One of the reasons could be that few countries and authorities may take this as a moral wrong-doing and not promote this practice. Second could be taking care of an unweaned parrot over a long flight would be malignant and deadly for a young bird. However, if the bird is at a stage where it can be hand-fed then probably it can survive the journey. Hence, unweaned parrots’ shipping is not illegal, yet this decision should be made consciously.

Also, if you are carrying a bird on a plane, do consider this simple list of to-dos:

– Contact the airlines in advance and make sure they accept birds in the cabin
– Get a reservation or booking confirmed for you bird
– Purchase an airline approved cage with a secure latch
– Obtain a health certificate for your bird and fortify its diet before the flight
– Familiarize your bird with the cage and clip its claws for safety purposes

These simple tips ensure the well-being of young birds on the flight journey. Shipping unweaned parrots isn’t a crime yet one must make sure that they are not being ill-treated or harmed in any way in the due course of the journey.


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