AR-News: Your Help Needed for Study on Parrot Relinquishment
jkiesow at api4animals.org
Thu Mar 18 15:41:31 EST 2004
Your Help Needed for Study on Parrot Relinquishment
Just two weeks left! Data collection ends March 31, 2004
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. 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 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. These 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 avicultural,
rescue, and education communities, including the Animal Protection
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 31, 2004.
Posted 03/18/04 - Okay to Forward/Crosspost
Animal Protection Institute
PO Box 22505
Sacramento, CA 95822
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