Parrot destruction and the Phillipines

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Subject: Parrot destruction and the Phillipines
From: Scot Mcphee <>
Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2007 08:30:46 +1000
I bring to your attention a recent event in the Phillipines via Grrl Scientist; birds_in_the_news_91_v3n18.php

Original; option=com_content&task=view&id=2823&Item

Summary: Philippines authorities capture bird smuggler. Then out of an irrational fear of Avian Influenza, they destroy hundreds of wild- caught birds, rather than rehabilitating them.

As information supplied in the blog's comments from Phillip Metz birds_in_the_news_91_v3n18.php#comment-501996 and see also

"What does not seem to me appropriate (or scientific) is the repeated decision to kill these birds merely out a fear that they might harbor H5N1-AI."

What's the point of protecting smuggled parrots if the wild population is going to be destroyed when the smuggling is intercepted? As an individual, what can I do about this practice? Write the embassy? Is there anything further that we can do about it?

thank you for your attention


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