FLIGHT is campaigning to bring an end to the illegal bird trade.
Throughout all of Indonesia there are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of bird markets. Most of those selling birds have no licence. They operate illegally. They buy wild caught birds illegally from poachers with no licence to catch birds. In one year as many as one million (1,000,000) birds are caught and sold illegally.
Wild populations of birds are rapidly declining. Our forests are falling silent. Some dealers claim to breed birds to sell. We have seen no evidence of breeding.
Most people who buy birds have no experience. The birds are neglected and quickly die. This trade in birds is totally unsustainable, mostly illegal, and it needs to be stopped now, before it is too late for what few birds remain in the wild.
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