Your Help Needed for Study
If you have ever given away, surrendered, re-homed, fostered, or adopted
out a bird in the parrot family (including parakeets, cockatiels, and
lovebirds), the National Parrot Relinquishment Research Project (NPRRP)
needs your help.
on Parrot Relinquishment
The NPRRP is gathering data to develop a better understanding of the
scope and causes of captive bird relinquishment. You can participate in
the Project through an online questionnaire at
Each year, thousands of parrots from parakeets to macaws are sold to
individuals who later decide that a bird is not compatible in their home
or with their lifestyle and who relinquish their bird(s) to a shelter,
rescue, pet shop, zoo, breeding facility, or private individual.
More than 90 self-described bird rescues or sanctuaries currently exist
in the United States, many of which have come into existence in just the
last few years. Due to the large number of birds in need, most rescues
or sanctuaries are unable to accept every bird they are offered. Despite
the abundance of unwanted birds, pet stores that have policies against
the sale of dogs and cats and continue to sell birds.
Some pet store officials cite the lack of hard data on the numbers and
reasons for bird relinquishment, and fail to take responsibility for
their role in the fate of unwanted, neglected, and abused captive birds.
The goal of the National Parrot Relinquishment Research Project is to
collect objective data about parrot relinquishment. This data will be
useful in evaluating the current parrot relinquishment issue,
identifying causes, and formulating solutions.
In addition, PETsMART Inc. has indicated that it will use the data
provided through the NPRRP survey to revisit its policies about the sale
of birds in its stores. The NPRRP is sponsored by PETsMART Charities
through a grant to The Gabriel Foundation (an avian rescue
organization), and is being directed by Dr. Cheryl Meehan, who holds a
PhD in animal behavior from the University of California, Davis.
Dr. Meehan is assisted in this project by a small staff and an advisory
board made up of representatives from the aviculture, rescue, and
education communities, including the Animal Protection Institute (www.api4animals.org).
Once again, if you have ever given up an exotic bird kept as a companion
or if you have taken in exotic birds from individuals who could no
longer care for them, please visit the National Parrot Relinquishment
Research Project website and complete a survey questionnaire at
www.NPRRP.org. The surveys will be
available online until March 2004.
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