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Jan. 12, 2007
EU Permanently Bans Imports of Wild Birds
Conservation Groups Hail Ban that Will Save Millions of Birds a Year
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Jan. 11, 2007
Permanent Ban of Wild Bird Importation in EU Announced
New rules for captive bird imports to protect animal health in the EU and improve the welfare of imported birds.
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Jan 25, 2006
EU Extends Temporary Ban on Wild Bird Trade

Conservation and animal welfare groups support the European Commission's decision yesterday (24 January) to extend the ban on commercial wild bird imports until 31 May 2006...
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Oct 27, 2005
COMMISSION DECISION of 27 October 2005
concerning certain protection measures in relation to highly pathogenic avian influenza in certain third countries and the movement from third countries of birds accompanying their owners...
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Oct 27, 2005
COMMISSION DECISION of 27 October 2005
concerning certain protection measures in relation to highly pathogenic avian influenza in certain third countries for the import of captive birds...
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Oct
26, 2005
EU BANS IMPORTS OF CAPTIVE LIVE BIRDS FROM THIRD COUNTRIES
Member States today endorsed a draft Commission decision to ban imports from third countries of captive live birds other than poultry for commercial purposes, at a meeting of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCFCAH)...
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Oct 24, 2005
EU Plans Temporary Import Ban of Pet Birds

EU veterinary experts will soon discuss plans to ban imports of live captive and pet birds, another measure to prevent the spread of bird flu within the European Union, the EU's health chief said on Monday...
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What to Do About the Flu
Article excerpt from Psittascene Volume 17, No. 3 August 2005
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Jan 25, 2006
One Million Parrots Flying Free

Conservation and animal welfare groups support the European Commissionís decision yesterday (24 January) to extend the ban on commercial wild bird imports until 31 May 2006...
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Oct 23, 2005
Flu in Parrot Imported to the UK Causes Experts to Call for Action to Protect Public and Birds

As bird flu has now arrived in several European countries appears headed to Africa, a group of leading bird experts and animal welfare organizations urged the EU to take immediate action to reduce the risk of further outbreaks in Europe and identifies simple precautions the public may take regarding avian flu...

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Oct
22, 2005
Experts Warn Wild Bird Trade Risks Deadly Flu Transmission:
Flu in Parrot Imported to UK Confirms Warnings

LONDON -- As the European Union struggles to address a looming avian influenza epidemic, a group of leading bird experts and conservation organizations urged the EU to take immediate action to reduce the risk of further outbreaks in Europe by banning the import of wild birds.  "While much of the attention has been on migratory birds and poultry farms, the EU has left the door open to avian flu by continuing to import millions of wild-caught birds from much of Asia, all of Africa and Latin America," said Dr. James Gilardi, Director of the Wild Parrot Trust. He continued, "The wild bird trade provides the perfect mixing bowl for disease as shipments from different countries are often combined in the same holding and importing facilities."

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Photographic Examples of the Legal Capture and Trade of Parrots
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Fast Facts on the Wild Bird Trade
and The European Union
2000-2003
 
World Trade in CITES-listed birds1   3,850,772 (100%)
World Trade in CITES-listed captive bred birds2   839,634 (21%)
World Trade in CITES-listed wild birds3   3,011,138 (79%)
EU Imports of Appendix II wild birds4   444,202
EU Imports of Appendix III wild birds5   2,323,375
EU Imports of wild birds listed in Appendix II and III6   2,767,577
(93% of world total)
 
 


EU Imports of Wild Birds Listed
in Appendix II and III by Country
2000-2003
 

Country Imports     Country Imports
Italy 657,905     Netherlands 485,245
Spain 444,567     Portugal 350,492
Belgium 331,493     Germany 214,610
United Kingdom 144,108     France 79,834
Malta 19,008     Czech Republic 13,411
Greece 9,151     Austria 6,769
Hungary 6,551     Denmark 2,363
Poland 1,679     Slovenia 354
Slovakia 20     Sweden 16
Estonia 1        
 
 


 

World's Ten Top Exporters of Wild CITES-listed Birds (7)
 

  Country Quantity     Country Quantity
  Senegal 944,319     Argentina 56,110
  Mali 776,103     Guyana 53,601
  Guinea 608,145     Cameroon 49,787
  Tanzania 123,406     DRC 35,471
  Pakistan 73,622     Suriname 31,071
             

TOTAL: 2,751,635 (92% of world total)

           
 


Top Ten Most Commonly Traded Species
Listed in CITES Appendix II (8)
 

African grey parrot
(Psittacus erithacus)
 
122,650     Senegal parrot
(Poicephalus senegalus)
117,118
Orange-winged
Amazon parrot
(Amazona amazonica)
35,469     Monk parakeet
(Myopsitta monuchus)
31,062
Mynah bird
(Gracula religiousa)
 
26,669     Patagonian conure
(Cyanoliseus patagonus)
18,848
Pekin robin
(Leiothrix lutea)
 
12,318     Blue-fronted Amazon parrot (Amazona aestiva) 10,707
Nanday conure
(Nandayus nenday)
10,200     Blue-crowned conure
(Aratinga acuticaudata)
8,867
           


Sources


1
Gross reported imports of specimens of species listed in Appendix I, II and III for all purposes

2
Gross reported imports of specimens of species listed in Appendix I, II and III for all purposes with the source codes C, F, and D

3
Gross reported imports of specimens of species listed in Appendix I, II and III for all purposes with the source codes R and W and those shipments with no source code from major exporting countries

4
Gross reported imports of specimens of species listed in Appendix II with the purpose codes B, T and Z and, shipments with the source codes R and W

5
Gross reported imports of specimens of species listed in Appendix III with the purpose codes T, B and unknown: Includes shipments with the source code W and those shipments with no source code from major exporting countries

6
Combined values of EU Imports of Appendix II and Appendix III wild birds

Above statistics courtesy of:
Species Survival Network
2100 L Street NW
Washington DC 20037 USA
Tel: 1-301-548-7769 Fax: 1-202-318-0891
www.ssn.org

7 Based on gross reported imports of specimens of species listed in Appendix II with the purpose codes B, T and Z and, shipments with the source codes R and W and gross reported imports of specimens of species listed in Appendix III with the purpose codes T, B and unknown: Includes shipments with the source code W and those shipments with no source code from major exporting countries

8
Wild specimens, based on gross reported imports of specimens of species listed in Appendix II with the purpose codes B, T and Z and, shipments with the source codes R and W

All CITES trade statistics derived from the CITES Trade Database, UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Cambridge, UK.

 
 
           
 

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