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Aims / Mission Statement:

SOS Pappagalli was founded to make people more aware of why parrots should not be hand raised by humans and sold as pets, why they don’t do well in captivity, why it is important to save and maintain their natural habitat and not capture them in the wild, and how to maintain those already in captivity in their homes in good health. To bring home to people the frustration, misery and sadness of companion animals kept in cages all their lives instead of being free to fly/run with a mate, reproduce naturally, and live freely in nature.

Details Of Activities:

We recuperate and rehabilitate parrots with problems, educate the general public on how to feed a proper diet, providing a large enough cage or aviary, allowing them free time out of the cage within a closed environment so that they can fly or climb around and exercise, providing them with at least one companion, and making sure they get enough fresh air and sunshine when possible. Many of our birds arrive with some or most of their bodies plucked free of feathers (a stressed and miserable parrot being fed the wrong diet and mostly kept on its own will often do this). The plight of parrots in captivity is fast becoming a major problem. Nobody gives them a second thought because for most people, they are “just birds”, and they don’t realize what sensitive, intelligent and needy creatures they are and how much they need a mate. They are the apes or dolphins of the bird world, and it’s time to raise awareness of the cruelty inherent in keeping them in captivity.

What’s more, whereas for dogs and cats there is a law which prevents anyone from removing puppies or kittens from their parents before a certain age, but for parrots no such law exists at present in Italy, so unscrupulous breeders remove them from their parents when they are born and “hand raise” them (to make them easier to sell bcause they have been wrongly imprinted on humans and are thus easier to handle for the inexperienced buyer), causing untold suffering to both the parents and the babies and serious psychological problems for these babies later in life. A few other European countries have already banned the practice but I want to see it banned here too.

We are present at many of the major bird fairs and exhibitions, handing out leaflets and speaking to people who are there to buy birds, trying to change things from the inside in a peaceful way and informative way. We also hold conferences, talks and hand out leaflets at local schools and shopping centres and are present on social media to help out people who have difficulty with the parrots they already have in their care.

On a personal note, I also collaborate with a couple of associations from the south of Italy to rescue their abandoned animals (this is a huge problem in the south), and find them homes in the north of the country, where there is almost no problem with strays or abandonments.