Protecting parrots and other endangered wildlife from the illegal exotic pet trade
Canada and the US have a large illegal trade market of Mexican parrots and other endangered wildlife. These parrots are found for sale online, at pet stores and sold by individuals.
Mexico has 22 species of parrots and macaws. All species are officially in a category of risk: 11 species are in danger of extinction; 7 are threatened and 4 are under special protection.
In 2007, TEYELIZ documented that more than 78,000 parrots were illegally captured each year; 77% died before reaching a consumer, which is 60,000 dead parrots yearly. This means that 8 out of 10 parrots die in the process of capture, collection, transport, distribution, and sale; in other words, for every parrot that a consumer buys, 4 parrots die on the way from capture to sale
The capture of parrots is an activity that has been carried out in Mexico for centuries. In modern times, parrots are legally and illegally overexploited, leading them to the most critical conservation status. In fact, most of the wild parrots and macaws for sale in North America come from the illegal trade.
In 2022, TEYELIZ published a review of the illegal trade of parrots in Mexico, and our recent estimate is that from 2009 to 2021, the illegal trade decreased by 47.14%. (Please read the full reports below by clicking on them).
The annual illicit capture of parrots is now in the range of 34,000 to 41,500 parrots.
Unfortunately, this is not enough. To guarantee the survival of most parrot species, illegal trade must decrease by an 80% or 90%.
For this reason, IAFAF has now a partnership agreement with TEYELIZ, to support the great work that they are doing at CITES, and at a Mexican national level to help protect and conserve the endangered Mexican parrots, owls, jaguars and other wild felines, primates, deer and so on.
This can be accomplished, but we need your support to help us to combat the illegal trade of wildlife. Your donation is needed so that we can continue our campaigns to reduce the demand for all species of endangered and threatened wildlife in Mexico.
You can learn more about TEYELIZ A.C. here: https://teyeliz.org/
Read TEYELIZ scientific reports:
And to read other TEYELIZ reports delivered at CITES (UNEP), click here: