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BirdLife International

Stop Illegal Bird Trade

The shocking scale of wild bird trade is a tragedy driving many birds to extinction. With your help we can bring an end to illegal and unsustainable wild bird trade practices where we are already working in Asia and soon, in the rest of the world.
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Event: Global Bird Weekend, from 17 October 2020 to 18 October 2020
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Please help us end the threat posed by Asia's wild bird trade to both nature and our health.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a terrible but timely reminder that human health is tightly interlinked with the fate of wild animals trapped and sold in trade markets around the world. With your help we can bring an end to illegal and unsustainable wild bird trade practices in Asia, where we are currently working. We have the science, the expertise and the local knowledge. We now need your help to scale up our work and end wild bird trade once and for all.

The shocking scale of the wild bird trade is a tragedy for nature. Organised poaching networks are emptying Asias forests of their parrots and songbirds where they will be transported, often in appalling conditions, to markets across the region.

A large proportion of the hundreds of millions of caged birds across Asia have been plucked from the wild. This unsustainable demand is fuelling an overexploitation crisis across the region, and left dozens of species - from songbirds to cockatoos on the edge of extinction.

On the island of Java it is now thought there are more songbirds in cages than in forests.

And these are just the lucky ones. Other species, such as the Helmeted Hornbill, are shot on sight to feed demand for their casque (their striking bill) so they can be turned into ornamental trinkets.

But as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic shows, the impact of diseases likely originating from wildlife trade can devastate livelihoods and economies worldwide. With an estimated 75% of new and emerging diseases being transmitted from animals to humans (according to the UN Environment Programme), poorly regulated markets are another public health disaster waiting to happen. SARS and COVID-19 are both thought to have originated from wildlife trade, and new strains of avian flu are a constant concern. The COVID-19 pandemic is a terrible but timely reminder that wildlife trade needs to be brought under strict control and remain so.

We have the science, expertise and local knowledge to tackle wildlife trade but need your help to scale up our work.

Even before COVID-19, tackling wildlife trade was a global priority. We are already undertaking numerous initiatives to help bring an end to illegal, unregulated or unsustainable trade in birds, including:

Determining the scope and scale of the trade.

Our world-class science team is undertaking a situation analysis to identify global priorities allowing us to channel conservation resources towards areas we can have the most impact.

Re-balancing our relationship with nature.

Our resilience to future pandemics will depend on us changing the way we interact with nature. We are campaigning at the highest levels to make a healthy natural environment a human right and working with governments to shape the goals and targets they need to hit to save the natural world we depend on.

Action where it is needed most.

We work where needs are most urgent and action most effective; from the forests and other habitats where the wild birds live and are trapped or hunted, to the transit routes, to the centres of demand.

Whether its establishing and guarding safe havens for the Helmeted Hornbill, helping parrot-trappers to establish alternative, sustainable ways of making a living, or supporting authorities to enforce laws, we invest in long-term, sustainable solutions that factor in the needs of both nature and local people.

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BirdLife International is the world’s largest nature conservation partnership and the world leader in bird conservation. We believe in a world rich in biodiversity where people and nature live in harmony. We offer that hope for the future of the planet but we need your help to achieve it.

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