Wild Bird Conservation Act (U.S. Law)

Subject: Wild Bird Conservation Act (U.S. Law)
From: "Ellen I. Paul" <>
Date: Wed, 12 Jul 95 21:04 SAST
Date: Thu, 27 Jul 1995 05:11:15 -0400 (EDT)
Dear Birding-Aus participants,

As some of you may know, in 1992, the United States Congress enacted a 
law known as the Wild Bird Conservation Act.  It was designed to severely 
curtail the import of wild birds into the U.S.  It was authorized for 
only three years.  Many of the organizations that worked to promote 
passage of the Act have initiated coordinated efforts to urge 
re-authorization of the Act.  However, some of those organizations that 
once supported the Act have now become dissatisfied and have mobilized to 
urge Congress either to rescind the Act altogether or to severely weaken 
its provisions.  In particular, they have targeted the sections of the 
law that provide for voluntary or mandatory marking of birds for 
identification purposes, and have advocated removal of all captive-bred 
birds from control of the Act.

It is the position of the Association for Parrot Conservation and many of 
the members of the orginal Cooperative Working Group on Bird Trade that 
these changes will render the Act virtually unenforceable.  It will once 
again become impossible to determine the origin of a bird imported into 
the United States, which will undoubtedly cause an increase in the 
capture and importation of wild birds or the offspring of illegally 
caught wild birds.

APC urges you to take the time to write to:

Representative Don Young
Chair of the House of Representatives Resources Committee
1324 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

to encourage the Congress to re-authorize the Act without deletions.  

It is especially important that Rep. Young's office hear from scientists 
and conservation professionals from countries where wild parrot 
populations exist, and from those who work in the field and can attest to 
the effect of the stringent control of the United States import of exotic 
birds on the conservation status of wild bird populations.

Please write to Rep. Young's office as soon as possible in order to help 
secure re-authorization of the Wild Bird Conservation Act.


Dr. Enrique Bucher
President, Association for Parrot Conservation

For further information about the Association for Parrot Conservation or 
the Wild Bird Conservation Act, please write to:

Ellen Paul
University of Maryland
Graduate Program in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology

This message was posted by Ellen Paul on behalf of Dr. Bucher and the 
Association for Parrot Conservation

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