Pledge For Parrots


I pledge:

Parrots should stay in the wild, not in our cages.

I pledge to help parrots stay there by supporting conservation organizations that are helping wild parrots, and working towards ending the illegal trade in wild parrots, and in creating new initiatives with local people to boost local conservation efforts.

I will not to buy any parrot from a breeder or a pet store or local market. Buying a parrot from these places helps perpetuate the use of parrots for profit.

I will learn about parrots in order to understand them as unique animals.

If after this research I feel that I can truly provide a safe and happy home for a parrot, I will adopt one from a reputable rescue, thus ultimately helping to break the cycle of commercial profit from the parrot trade.

Having a parrot in a human home means accepting that it is only one or two generations from the wild, and thus it maintains many wild characteristics. I will honour the parrot’s wild nature by understanding its need for a flock, to communicate with me, to chew, to eat a varied diet, to forage. It is a “prey animal” and thus needs the security of a flock-like environment in order to feel safe.

Sign in the comments to declare your pledge to parrots:

86 Responses to Pledge For Parrots

  1. Cheryl December 15, 2011 at 11:38 pm #

    I pledge to help.

    • Carleen Green October 24, 2013 at 12:06 am #

      I pledge to encourage others to adopt/rescue parrots. I feel very strongly about this The only time my birds are caged is if I feel there is a possibility of them being harmed (Such as young children in my home etc ) or if they are in quarantine. I belong to a bird club that encourages this. I also pledge to save any bird, to the best of my ability, from harm by their owners.I will only purchase a bird ,if it is required to remove it from an abusive situation .I live in Ny-if you have any outreaches in my area, I volunteer I will also encourage others to take this pledge.

  2. Deborah January 10, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    This is my pledge, vow and promise that I made long ago to my own Feathered Angels!

  3. Kim Hannah January 15, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

    I pledge to help! And to continue the commitment I have had for the last 10 years! FOR PARROTS ( and Cockatoos)! :)

  4. Michael Ostrogorsky January 16, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    Wild parrots should stay wild! Parrots should be allowed to be parrots. Parrots are not entertainers or house decor. If they do tricks or talk it’s only because they want to do so, not for the amusement of others.

  5. Gloria Fantin January 17, 2012 at 9:03 pm #

    If I make a difference to one parrot at a time, it will make a difference and I pledge to do so.

  6. Patti Deby January 17, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

    I pledge to to everything I can to keep wild parrots in the wild and support the birds in my care to maintain their wild ways and allow them to just be birds in a flock setting.

  7. Leila January 18, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    Stop the madness

  8. Jackie January 18, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

    If you have to mutilate an animal in order to keep it as a pet, maybe you should rethink it’s suitability as a pet. Stop the demand. Adopt and educate.

  9. Grant January 19, 2012 at 9:22 am #

    So pledged. Great posters!

  10. Kim Danoff January 19, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

    I pledge to devote my life to ending the suffering of parrots in captivity. And to allow my rescues to scream, chew, and fly as best I can in a captive setting and to always have the companionship of other birds. One day we will suceed!

  11. Marc January 20, 2012 at 7:34 am #

    With all our heart and soul, with our blood, sweat and tears, every waking hour I am alive I promise to work to bring the awareness needed to keep birds in the air where they belong. Please travel with us to Guyana and see for yourself what a parrot in the wild should be!

  12. Laura January 23, 2012 at 8:18 am #

    I pledge to continue my task of talking people out of buying birds in the bird store.

    • nan borsht January 11, 2015 at 6:02 pm #

      hello, i know this is a bit late but just found this site. i too am trying to prevent the sale of parrots and small birds in produce stores, markets and pet shops . I am pretty much on my own in this quest. would you mind sharing how you went about your campaigning and any successes you had. thanks nan (Queensland Australia)

  13. Rebekah January 23, 2012 at 8:46 am #

    I make the pledge to continue my support of parrot conservation efforts, of stopping the illegal wild parrot trade, and of supporting the numerable parrot rescues, as well as participation in education the public about these things. I also personally support several parrots in my home, my flock, and the continuing education and effort of how to care for them better every day.

  14. Deborah (WOTR) January 23, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    I will always give 100% of my life to saving as many Parrots as we can at Wings Over The Rainbow, also finding the best care takers for the ones we can and keep safe the ones we can’t.

  15. Kimberly January 23, 2012 at 10:02 am #


  16. Wanda January 23, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    I pledge to make a difference to one parrot at a time, it will make a difference and I pledge to do so.

  17. Laurie January 23, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    I pledge to help as much as I am capable of helping. We need to EDUCATE, EDUCATE, EDUCATE people that all birds, and parrots belong in the wild where God meant them to be.

  18. Mylene Lacroix January 23, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    I sign !!!

  19. Michelle Rollens January 23, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    I Pledge!!!!

  20. Jonathan Martin January 23, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    I pledge to respect all parrots as sentient beings with their own reasons for living. I further pledge to devote my time and resources to providing a safe and stimulating sanctuary for the smallest of the cockatoos – the cockatiels – through Lenny’s Lair Cockatiel Sanctuary, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

  21. Leslye January 23, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

    I pledge with my heart & soul to always & forever help those birds already in captivity with whatever I can do for them & promise to assist any legitimate parrot preservation society financially & within my means to keep those still flying free, in the skies & forests, from molestation & harassment by the Skinned Race, so they may always remain free. It is my tenet.

  22. Donna January 23, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

    I pledge to help all parrots that cross my path in life! I will never, ever buy a parrot but will do everything in my power to help a parrot in need, and will pass the word on to any humans that have the brains to listen to me!!! “Freedom is for the Birds” is my motto to life!!!!

  23. Ellen January 23, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

    You have my pledge.

  24. suzanne January 23, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

    I most certainly pledge

  25. Heather January 23, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

    I pledge!!

  26. Carolynne January 24, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    I pledge to give my Grey the best life in captivity I can. I also pledge to help only rescued birds in the future in order to help stop the cycle of parrots for profit.

  27. Adrian Fletcher February 23, 2012 at 11:53 am #

    I had no idea that they hurt themselves like that. Always been instinctively against caged birds though. I’ll spread the word for sure.

  28. Mary February 28, 2012 at 10:28 am #

    I pledge to keep my Parrots as healthy, happy, and filled with love at all times!!! I love my Babies!!!!!! They are my world!!!

  29. Bianca M March 5, 2012 at 11:18 am #

    We in our classroom pledge to be more compassionate regarding this issue.

  30. Krista March 6, 2012 at 9:39 am #


  31. PJ Morgan March 11, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    Even if one bird at a time is all you can do, do it! Don’t buy, don’t breed, adopt!

  32. Jannaca March 28, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    Wild birds should never have to live in a cage. Let us as compassionate human stewards of this wonderful planet, pledge to help those birds whom we have already captured and caged or bred, and allow the beautiful free birds to remain forever free.

  33. Jerry Notpit April 18, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    We work and and support a group that does parrot rescue and are aware of the problem. Why would anyone take an innocent bird and condemn it to life in prison just for being a bird. Is that not what caging a bird is?

  34. Wendy April 18, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

    Wonderful comments from people who truly understand that parrots are flock beings that love to fly and live in trees. The saddest sight to me is a bird trapped in a cage that has been filled with toys that are just people eye candy. The birds just sit there with a dish or two of feed that is not even the food they would get in their natural environment. Caging a single parrot, clipping its wings and feeding it food that is not the natural diet that its gut has evolved for in the country of origin, should be considered cruelty. There are supposed to be 6 million pet birds in Canada and 60 million pet birds in the US. Those that care should continue to give their birds the best life that they can. And they should educate others that parrots do not belong in homes and no more should be bred .

    • Linda April 30, 2012 at 11:28 am #

      Me toooooo

  35. Divya April 30, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    I have worked with birds from my childhood. There is nothing to protect the birds from being caught unethically, chicks being snatched from their parents, stuffed in bags and tranported illegally across borders. It is shamefull what man has stooped to.

    I am determined to bring about a law in my own country to put a stop to innocent birds being caged and displayed outside dirty pet shops.

    More and more people need to come and speak openly about.

    I pledge to this cause, anytime!!

  36. Sharon Weiss May 10, 2012 at 6:23 am #

    I pledge to this cause to help parrots.

  37. Amy Joyce May 11, 2012 at 7:31 am #

    I pledge to help Parrots

  38. Kelsi May 14, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    This is extremely important. More and more people need to be reminded of this, more people need to care.

  39. Valerie May 23, 2012 at 6:12 pm #

    I pledge!!

  40. osal May 24, 2012 at 1:39 pm #


  41. suzanne May 26, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

    count me in I totally pledge

  42. Donna Jackson May 26, 2012 at 8:25 pm #

    I pledge to help all parrots that cross my path in life! I will never, ever buy a parrot but will do everything in my power to help a parrot in need, I truly beleive in this but i confess I have bought parrots I have several babies I had to buy to save and I will keep buying them if thats the only way I can help and save them.

  43. Tiffany July 9, 2012 at 4:59 am #

    You have 100% of my pledge. Not just for parrots, but all birds. They don’t belong in cages no matter the species.

  44. Donna Jackson July 13, 2012 at 3:14 am #

    I pledge to help and love this site thank you Cheryl

  45. Diane Keever July 13, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

    I promise to do whatever I can…whenever I can….I will speak out and speak up…for all those who suffered needlessly and are no longer here…for those who can still be helped.

  46. Erin July 29, 2012 at 5:37 am #

    I totally agree and pledge to do what I can!

  47. Shari MIrojnick August 3, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

    I DO!!!!

  48. Sharon Marquis August 28, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    I pledge to support keeping parrots free in any way I can!!

  49. Angelique Holmberg September 18, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    I pledged!

  50. Darlene Lebron October 7, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

    Parrots are not pets like a dog or cat they belong in the wild not torchered in a cage, just watch a wild bird fly and you will understand.

  51. Sue October 15, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    I pledge to help all birds be free!!

  52. Walter Radziszewski October 31, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    I Pledge.

  53. Julie Hamilton - NLPR November 8, 2012 at 3:49 am #

    I pledge to give all I have to not only the parrots under our care but to further help other captive parrots by educating on environmental enrichment for captive parrots, their right to use their wings and to enjoy the outside world. To strongly support measures taken to protect wild parrots and birds becoming victim to deforestation, human greed to covert all that is and to disregard their natural world, their right to be born in the wild and remain wild.
    I pledge to be one of their advocates with no self-interest, only theirs!

  54. Elna de Witt November 11, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

    I pledge!

  55. Audrey Klesta November 19, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

    I pledge to help parrots stay in the wild!

  56. Wren Taylor December 19, 2012 at 8:19 am #

    To be of service to the Parrot Nation………..
    both caged and wild!!!!

    To Be FIERCE!


  57. suzanne January 6, 2013 at 10:55 am #

    I sign that I will at all times do for my fids the same care I would do and have done for my human children, better if possible. :)

  58. Cathy Warriner January 6, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

    I pledge!

  59. Pamela Weaver January 7, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    I pledge to help… one parrot at a time…to adopt/rescue and not to buy from breeders or pet stores.

  60. Cathy Warriner February 15, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

    I do pledge

  61. Jesica Lewis February 24, 2013 at 7:36 am #

    I pledge to never buy a parrot, and to work to end the trade of these intelligent wild creatures.

  62. sue cantley February 24, 2013 at 8:02 am #

    i pledge to give my greys the best possible life i can!!!! and to love them as long as i live, and to provide for them after i die!!!!

  63. Carly March 5, 2013 at 3:08 am #

    I pledge!:)

  64. Pat June 6, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

    I don’t know how I’ve missed this site for so long. I took this pledge for my own birds, none of which I purchased, twenty years ago. My pledge continues. Be it ever so big, a cage is still a cage.

  65. Tara A August 16, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

    I pledge to not buy a bird from pet shop and instead support
    reputable parrot rescue group. Besides rescue birds are the most
    rewarding to own because you have to earn their trust and respect.

  66. Clayton Garber August 21, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

    I Pledge to give my adopted parrot the best of my abilities and influence others to only adopt.

  67. Margaret August 24, 2013 at 1:35 am #

    I have 2 “bought” greys, and 2 rescued greys. All with me over 15 years. Each year I make a pledge to spread the message that parrots should be in the wild – not our homes.

  68. Roxann Caracristi October 14, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    I pledge to help the parrots. We have a petition in our Rescue, trying to stop the breeding of parrots.

  69. PAMELA October 24, 2013 at 6:58 am #

    I pledge to support all parrots in need and to promote the rescues in my area.

  70. Rancho Papagayo December 15, 2013 at 2:38 am #

    I pledge to help!

  71. Stephan Nance April 2, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

    I pledge to do everything I can for the parrots in my life and beyond. This includes following a vegan diet and lifestyle — an incredibly easy way to reduce one’s personal contribution to deforestation and other agricultural practices that threaten so many species’ survival.

  72. Christopher Styles October 27, 2014 at 9:36 pm #

    I pledge.. & if the day comes where I could financially and or mentally afford too even adopt Only- I will!

  73. Megan Hicks January 24, 2015 at 6:22 am #

    I pledge to educate and spread awareness, especially to the young adults and children that are our future. I believe that change will truly continue through children, as they are taught that these magnificent, complex creatures need and deserve to be in the wild and soaring for miles a day with their own kind. The sadness of them being in captivity has overcome me, and I am determined to be a parrot’s advocate.

  74. Omar ZIANI January 25, 2015 at 10:22 am #

    I pledge to free all parrots in captivity. I hope I never bought my grey parrot “rica” but i thought she will be safer with meI. I love her so much I made a large backyard house for here to give here more freedom to fly. I know I can’t free here outside ( i live in Morocco) but I would if I can send here to the wild in Africa where she belongs. Exporting parrots from their natural habitats should not be allowed in the first place. I wish one day we can send them all home in the wild, and stop this nonsense.

  75. Mary Murphy April 14, 2015 at 5:01 pm #

    I’m in!

  76. Luna Basheve-Singer April 28, 2015 at 11:10 pm #

    I pledge. My biggest dream is to have a parrot sanctuary. There are so many horrific rescues/brokers/hoarders–I would like to bust them, even if it’s just one in my state of Oregon. I would take those poor birds from the rescue and put them in a place full of trees, ponds, sunshine; I would build an aviary of several acres. I would do so much. I tell people everywhere about the plight of so-called “pet” parrots. They are wild. They should be free.
    I tell people: the only cage birds should have is the sky.
    Any animal that cannot fulfill its nature in captivity should not be a pet.
    Dogs and cats are domestic, no other animal being sold by the pet industry should be a pet.
    Who would take an animal who needs to fly and have a flock and squawk and forage and swim in rivers and ponds and put them in a cage? Sickos would

    Educate, educate, educate. That is all I can do. I tell anyone and everyone about parrots. I tell them to reference Barbara Heidenreich (yes, I know she does bird shows but she knows a lot about positive behavior training and parrot body language), Susan Friedman (PBAS), and Irene Pepperberg for behavior info.
    I do free behavioral consultations for anyone who tells me about their “mean” or “bad” bird.

    Why doesn’t anyone talk about parrot overpopulation? So many charities are devoted to dog and cat welfare. Why the dearth of bird welfare organizations?
    Because to most people a bird is “Just a bird” and belongs in a cage.

    • Pat March 11, 2017 at 1:20 pm #

      Well said, Luna.

  77. Terri hohman December 17, 2015 at 5:44 am #

    I pledge to the take care of the birds that I rescued and keep spreading the word to Adopt not shop. I will never stop spreading the word even when I feel down and think it’s not helping. I will cram it down people’s throat.

  78. Royse Robbins December 22, 2015 at 10:45 am #

    I’m so for this and always have been. What can we do each day to get closer to this goal?
    I am willing to do whatever is necessary to make this happen for them.

  79. Paris Yves Read March 9, 2017 at 10:31 pm #

    Hello thank you for your wonderful work- I agree completely but I WILL save a parrot from a shop/market or breeder if I have to, to save the bird from a miserable life. Birds will continue to be sold and bred if laws are not changed. I am all about saving the life of birds- just like I would save a human child from a trafficker as this means giving love and life a child- please r-consider the wording used as birds will still be bred and sold if laws are not changed to stop breeding and sales of birds-


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