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2011-08-19
African Grey Parrots seized at Douala International Airport,Cameroon.


More than 1,200 African Grey Parrots have been seized at Douala International Airport, Cameroon. The parrots were being illegally shipped to Bahrain and Mexico for the pet trade. These beautiful birds but are now being cared for by the Limbe Wildlife Centre in Cameroon.
In January 2007 a two-year ban on exports of African Grey Parrots from five West African countries - Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Cameroon. Even with the regulations, thousands of wild birds were stuffed in boxes or bags and headed for the international black market.

The trade in bird species is banned in the USA but is still legal in Europe and elsewhere.

The African Grey Parrot is in decline due to a growing and highly lucrative harvest for the pet trade from West and Central Africa.

What is TRAFFIC doing? Is it actually operational in Africa?


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