African Grey Parrots are among the most intelligent birds in the world. They have the ability to learn up to 1000 words and have the emotional capacity of a five-year-old child! These birds are enchanting, but in the wild, they face extinction through poaching.
According to The Independent in 2019, this multi-billion-pound industry is fuelled by buyers in Asia and the Middle East who prize the birds for their intelligence and mimicry abilities.
Footage has emerged of the disgusting activity. The filmmakers saw hunters using one bird, stuck with glue, as bait to lure others. The whole group is then taken and their feathers are hacked off to stop them escaping. All the birds are crammed tightly in crates to be transported abroad.
The investigators found that three in four African greys suffocate or die of starvation or disease in transit. They say both the legal and illegal trade in the birds has caused a “catastrophic” drop in numbers. Populations have declined by 99 per cent in Ghana and they are now extinct in Togo.
African Grey Parrots are emotional, intelligent, beautiful creatures, and this should not be happening to them. These birds need protection.
The original article in The Independent provides more information about these wonderful birds.