Hellobaby caught it.. I wish I had:
Our moderator Hellobaby posted the following a week ago and somehow I completely missed it and posted below her information in answer to anothers post. I would appreciate it if you would all read her post again and THEN read the new information I have to add:
(Hellobaby) I had a news alert I wanted to share...
Parrots put down after seizure at airport
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: They're rather cute birds, but they were smuggled from a country considered to be vulnerable to the bird-flu virus , so customs destroyed them
Protected parrots smuggled from Bali by an Indonesian traveler who arrived in Taipei on Tuesday were destroyed yesterday in order to guard against the spread of bird flu, the Council of Agriculture said yesterday.
Council officials said that on Tuesday evening, customs officers at CKS International Airport discovered 28 parrots hidden in plastic pipes in baggage belonging to a traveler surnamed Sugiharto.
Suspected of violating the Statute for Prevention and Control of Infectious Animal Disease, Sugiharto was detained by police.
The seizure is the first case involving travelers smuggling birds from countries since the outbreak of bird flu earlier this year. Since then, the council's Animals and Plants Inspection and Quarantine Bureau has banned the import of bird-related products from affected countries. The prohibition was applied to Indonesia on Jan. 29.
All Southeast Asian countries except Singapore and the Philippines are considered at-risk territories for bird flu.
Yesterday, the 28 parrots were destroyed by bureau officials.
"Samples taken from the parrots were sent to laboratories for further examination. Results of the tests will be available by the end of this week," said Hsiao Tsung-yao, a director at the bureau.
Taiwan remains an area unaffected by bird flu, but Hsiao yesterday reminded people of the risk of spreading the virus by smuggling bird-related products from affected countries.
Travelers smuggling such animals face a sentence of up to three years' imprisonment.
Hsiao also urged locals not to purchase bird-related products whose origins cannot be verified.
Bureau officials said that the nation's poultry farmers remain on high alert because a number of farms in central and southern parts of the country were affected by the less pathogenic H5N2 strain earlier this year.
Officials also urged local people to avoid visiting poultry farms when traveling to countries hit by bird flu.
They said the situation in Hong Kong remains critical after reports on Tuesday that a dead gray heron was found near the border with mainland China. The Hong Kong government said the bird was infected with the virus.
The virus is thought to have killed 12 people in Thailand and 20 in Vietnam this year. Health experts fear the disease will mutate into a form that can be transmitted between humans.
Link to a photo of them: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v291/parrotphotos/SMUGGLEDandMURDERED.jpg
Words underneath the photo read quote:
Five of 28 parrots smuggled by an Indonesian traveler into Taiwan wait in a cage before being destroyed as a precaution to stop the spread of bird flu.
_______________________________________________ From Stewart Metz:
Here is my letter to the Taipei Customs Official who murdered the birds:
"I am deeply saddened by the sacrifice of 28 cockatoos at CKS airport several days ago. The reason given for the mass killing was the risk if transmission of avian influenza ("bird flu").
These birds were Moluccan and Palm cockatoos
, both endangered Indonesian species under the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) . The "bird flu" seen thus far to my knowledge in Indonesia, is of the strain similar to that in Yunan Province, China and, unlike recent outbreaks in Vietnam and Thailand, has NOT (to my knowledge) caused disease or death in humans.Additionally, the infected poultry in Indonesia were found in the Western part of the country, not from the Eastern half (where these cockatoos are found) or from Bali (from where the birds were shipped). All this suggests that, at the outset, the risk in these birds was extraordinarily low.
But all this is secondary to the fact that at the very least, these birds could have been placed in quarantine until these delicate ethical, conservation and health issues were sorted out; the forests of Indonesia would have gladly welcomed these birds back. Why did the Customs Authorities rush so quickly to this carnage--apparently before any of the facts presented above could be considered? Were 28 lives not worth a little time to await tests? Not surprisingly, they turned out to be free of avian flu-- but apparently you just couldn't wait even for one day. 28 lives--not worth even one day."
Neddless to say, I was suppressing my anger to try to be as "diplomatic" as possible. Of course I never got a response from them. Their e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org if anyone else wants to write in protest.
Unfortunately, it is too late to change the petition. but thanks to people like you with compassion, we will move on to try to help the birds.
Stewart Metz email@example.com
If you and other people would like to protest against the carnage ot the Taipei Customs Official, who murdered these 28 cockatoos, and to show that the international world does
know about the massacre... and does NOT understand this overreaction (murder) in the case of the smuggled parrots and therefore lack of respect for life... please use some form of Stewarts letter above. ( Dont copy it word for word please).