Particularly birds from Latin America and the Caribbean are found to be the most beautiful ones because of their colourful feathering and and their unique ability to mimic human speech. Many people would like to own such an animal and if they buy one, they think they bought a bird bred in captivity. What they actually don’t realise: these birds fell victim to poaching.
Poaching is not a threat in Africa only
While lots of people know about poaching in Africa (for example elephants and their ivory tusks), only a few are aware of poaching in Latin America.
In Latin America poachers hunt and capture parrots, turtles and monkeys to sell them illegally – often on black markets and for tons of money. One in five species on Earth is on the brink of extinction; leading biologists think that this will rise to 50% by the end of the century – a sad phenomenon mainly caused by human beings.
Animals suffer and die during transport
In most cases, the animals are being transported under cruel conditions – as an example: beak s and feet of a parrot are taped and the animals are stuffed in plastic tubes. Baby turtles can be taped to stay in their egg shell and are placed in small tubes of dozens. Poachers even intentionally kill the animals they stole from nature: in one case, 400 iguanas were left in a crate without food, water or daylight for about two weeks because a dealer cancelled the arrangement – about half of them was found dead. Sadly, many animals often are too sick to be saved – there is no chance for them to be cured.