There has been a worrying development in bird conservation in the Caribbean recently. On March 17, two Sisserou (Imperial Parrots Amazona imperialis) and ten Jaco (Red-necked Parrots Amazona arausiaca) were whisked away from the island of Dominica, which was badly damaged by Hurricane Maria last year. How, why and where did they go? Well, we know they were taken to Germany, courtesy of an organisation that claims to have “rescued” the birds due to an “emergency” and their poor condition – which is is far from the truth. The birds were being well cared for in an aviary operated by experts on their island home; some had already been returned to the wild.
Well, you can read BirdsCaribbean’s full statement on the matter on the BirdsCaribbean website here.
We know that the people of Dominica are resilient and proud of their beautiful birds and in particular, their National Bird, the Sisserou. For this reason alone, the recent removal of these birds from the island calls for far more explanation and justification than has been made public.
Please sign the petition here. Bring back Dominica’s precious parrots! Their export was on very shaky legal, scientific and conservation grounds and was far from transparent.