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Captive Birds

More Beautiful Wild

Born Free USA uses a variety of methods to increase public awareness of the suffering of captive birds, to end the sale of birds in retail venues, and to enact regulations against the wild bird trade.

We work to reduce the number of wild-caught and captive-bred birds who are exploited in the international and domestic pet trade through public education about the special needs of birds and the impact that the pet trade has had on these magnificent creatures, promotion of legislation aimed at increasing legal protections for captive birds, advising consumers not to patronize retail stores that sell live birds and other animals, and promotion of humane and environmentally-sound bird-watching ecotours that benefit bird conservation efforts.

You can help stop the exploitation and abuse of exotic birds in many ways:

  • Never buy a bird from a pet store or breeder.

    If you feel you are qualified and prepared to provide lifetime care for a bird or birds, adopt from a bird rescue group or contact a local bird club or humane society to find a bird in need.

  • Report abuse.

    If you see a bird who is being neglected or abused, report it to your local humane organization or animal control agency; or contact the local law enforcement office or nearest humane agency.

  • Ask your local pet shop not to sell live animals.

    View a sample letter »

  • Support pet shops that do not sell live animals:

    Let us know which pet shops in your area don't sell live animals - we'll send them a "Thank You" note and let other advocates know where they can shop for companion animal supplies without compromising their conscience. Send store information to campaigns@bornfreeusa.org.

  • Report pet store abuse.

    We are participating in the Avian Welfare Coalition's "Pet Store Watch" by collecting and forwarding complaints to the top representatives responsible for animal care and providing information on laws and enforcement strategies.

  • Change the law!

    We provide a summary of pet shop laws and offers assistance to those who want to pursue legislation to improve the laws governing the care and treatment of animals sold in pet shops. For assistance in changing the laws in your state and for copies of our Model Unweaned Bird Legislation and/or our Model Pet Shop Legislation, contact us by emailing legislation@bornfreeusa.org.

  • Celebrate National Bird Day (January 5).

    Born Free USA in coordination with the Avian Welfare Coalition (AWC) is calling on activists around the U.S. to take action on behalf of captive birds by drawing attention to the exploitation of other country's native birds by the U.S. pet industry on January 5 — National Bird Day. Learn more at www.nationalbirdday.com »

National Bird Day