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U.S. Border cops seize parrots hidden in duffel bag
Saturday, June 30 2007 @ 03:40 PM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
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General News PHOENIX (Reuters) - U.S. Border police found ten Amazon parrots stuffed in the duffel bag of a man crossing from Mexico, authorities said on Thursday.

Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro port of entry, south of San Diego, Calif., found the small, green birds hidden in a bag in a pickup truck on Tuesday, and arrested the driver, a U.S. citizen.

CBP spokesman Vince Bond said the birds were placed in agricultural quarantine and transferred to the Department of Agriculture's veterinary services.

He said officers at two ports of entry south of San Diego had seized 152 wild birds since October 1 last year.

"This is an enforcement issue we take very seriously. We are doing our utmost to keep dangerous viruses and diseases from entering the United States," Bond said.

San Ysidro is the busiest border crossing in the world. Inspectors more frequently discover drugs and undocumented migrants smuggled from the sprawling industrial city of Tijuana, in Mexico.

http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSN2843157720070628

Ex-soldiers, parrots in mutual healing
Sunday, June 03 2007 @ 02:19 PM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
Views: 6377
General News Source :: REUTERS

A dog may be a man's best friend. But for some traumatised US war veterans, parrots are proving even more of a help.

Rescued and abused parrots are helping the veterans turn their lives around in a unique programme launched officially on Thursday at a Los Angeles Veterans Affairs facility.

The parrots — which sometimes pluck their own feathers when stressed out after years in cramped cages or abandoned by owners — are thriving too in what organisers say is an exercise in mutual healing.

"Both the veterans and the parrots have suffered some kind of traumatic stress. Both are learning to build compassion and empathy together," said Lorin Lindner, the psychologist behind the Serenity Park Sanctuary at the VA’s headquarters in the Westwood section of Los Angeles.

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Kazakh's appeal after parrots die in custody
Thursday, May 24 2007 @ 07:21 PM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
Views: 3642
General News 4.03, Mon May 21 2007

Kazakh police urged animal rights groups to help them take care of thousands parrots and turtles seized from a smuggler.

The appeal came just days after dozens of parrots died of hunger at a police station.

Interior Ministry spokesman Bagdat Kozhakhmetov: "We have all the conditions to keep humans in custody but there is nothing in legislation about maintaining seized animals."

He told reporters police seized 1,000 parrots, canaries, peacocks and pigeons, and 1,000 turtles, all packed in big bags, from an Uzbek citizen last week.

Mr Kozhakhmetov said: "There is a serious problem. They might die."

"We would like to call on NGOs (non governmental organisations), if they could help police officers deal with this risky and unexpected burden."

Last week dozens of parrots seized from a smuggler died of hunger and thirst before they could be handed over to a zoo.

Kazakhstan lies on a smuggling route for rare birds and animals being taken to Russia and Europe.

http://www.itv.com/news/world_cb6f689a752f32046137b4677090675e.html

EU health experts tighten pet bird import rules
Thursday, January 11 2007 @ 06:51 PM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
Views: 4362
General News BRUSSELS, Jan 11 (Reuters) - EU animal health experts have tightened rules for the import of live captive birds as part of the bloc's strategy to fight bird flu, the EU's executive Commission said in a statement on Thursday.

"Under the regulation agreed today, only specific countries or regions which have already been approved to export live commercial poultry will be allowed to export captive birds to the EU," it said.

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"City Parrots" to investigate the city macaws of Medellin
Thursday, January 11 2007 @ 12:44 PM UTC
Contributed by: roelantjonker
Views: 5648
General News Araproject has landed in Medellin, Colombia, where forestry student Carlos Vásquez is presently conducting a pilot study into the Wild parrots of the city.

The local zoo, Zoológico Santa Fe de Medellín, released several macaws in the '80s when a local law made it illegal for the inhabitants of Colombia to own native species. Overwhelmed by the amount of macaws that were placed in their care they decided to free-range these parrots. They could come and go as they pleased. Food was available for them in aviaries.

These macaws adjusted well to their new surroundings and, much like the Dutch Macaws Araproject has been studying for the last couple of year in the Netherlands, have become very independent of there human caregivers.

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Game farm's animals sold to advocates
Wednesday, October 25 2006 @ 12:01 AM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
Views: 6082
General News Birds, rhino, boar attract bidders

By Erikah Haavie, Poughkeepsie Journal
Friday, October 20, 2006

CATSKILL, NEW YORK Marc Johnson came to the Catskill Game Farm hoping to film footage for a documentary on the problems of the
exotic bird trade.

Instead, he left Wednesday with four vervet monkeys, a Patagonian cavie, a yellow-backed lorry and two African porcupines.

He wasn't planning on the porcupines, but after hearing a taxidermist might be interested in stuffing them, he bought them, too.

Johnson, a resident of Rockland, Mass., was among the animal rights advocates who purchased animals during an auction at the Catskill Game Farm this week.

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