On 6/12/04, Jerry wrote:
> On 6/10/04, Tim wrote:
>> On 6/08/04, Andrew Doan wrote:
>>> I've just recently visit a pet shop here Southern
>>> California and talk to the owner about softbills bird. He
>>> mention that the US will open up the bird trade again.
>>> wonder if anyone here know if this is true or not.
>> I sure hope not!!! We have already done enough damage to
>> the wild populations.
> The bird trade was never closed! What gave you that idea?
> Softbills and finches have always been coming in. It is only
> the parrots that were generally banned, and not even all of
> those. Only CITES species of PArrots (most species) and CITES
> species of Softbills (very few)were banned, and you can still
> import the banned ones with a Coop permit.
> Furthermore, the bird trade has not done damage to most of the
> wild populations. Those populations that are in trouble are
> there because of habitat destruction.
Birds belong in the wild not in a cage. Stop all imports!!!!