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New Year Not Off to a Good Start for Amazon Parrots

Written by PETA | January 5, 2009
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Amazon Parrot

While hope and optimism have struck a chord with humans for the New Year, it couldn’t have started off worse for Amazon parrots. The extremely rare Brazilian species is part of a recovery project at a wildlife conservation center in Florida which is attempting to help save the species and reintroduce the birds back into their natural habitat. However, what the conservation center employees saw on New Year’s Day was a big step back.

Spooked by New Year’s Eve fireworks, one of the male parrots thrashed himself to death. When the catastrophe was discovered, the parrot had severe head and face injuries from which he ultimately died. The director of the conservation center said, “We’re doing everything we can to save these species and the lack of enforcement on fireworks regulations is basically undoing our best efforts.”

Unfortunately, this reaction to fireworks is not uncommon by any means. Animals’ hearing is much more sensitive than ours, and they often panic at the confusing and frightening experience. Many holidays end in tragedy for dogs, cats, birds, and other animals as they attempt to flee and end up hurting themselves.

The conservation center director said, “This guy could have lived to be 50 or 60 years old and could have produced a generation of wildlife. The tragedy is that this animal’s life is sacrificed for absolutely no reason.”

And right he is. The holidays don’t have to end in disasters like this one. There are many alternatives to fireworks, such as laser and light shows, which are affordable and much safer while still providing the grand experience for humans. We are sending a letter to the mayor of this Florida city asking for stricter fireworks enforcement and a letter to the conservancy about how to keep their animals safer during these situations.

To find out more and to learn ways to comfort your animal companion if he or she panics during fireworks, click here.

Written by Christine Doré

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  • ivette lozano says:

    people don’t understand how harmful something like fire works can be to our pets they are just so ignorent.

  • Maureen says:

    I run a small shelter and I have to say I stayed home with the animals at midnight because I knew they would freak out with the fireworks and rockets. People who have been in war zones hate all thse explosions for obvious reasons!

  • Dog Walker says:

    I rescued one of my dogs as a puppy from a farmer who shot her father right in front of her. Dad was “too aggressive”. Ten years later and she is still totally freaked out by gunshots and fireworks. 4th of July is HELL for her and no doubt brings back memories of the worst day in her life. Thank you for the info on how to comfort her.

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