FLIGHT is campaigning to bring an end to the illegal bird trade.
Throughout Indonesia, there are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of bird markets. Most of those selling birds have no license. They operate illegally. They bought wild-caught birds illegally from poachers with no license 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 becoming silent. Some dealers claim to breed the birds they sell, but eventually, 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 bird 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.
Here, we documented some of them. Beware, it’s utterly disturbing, and cruel.