Between 65,000 and 78,000 parrots and guacamayas are hunted illegally every year, but only 2 percent are confiscated by the Environmental Attorney General's office, known as Profepa. Defenders and Green Party politicians are calling on the government to approve reforms to the Wildlife Law which would ensure more regulation of the parrot trade and greater protection for the species. The study, which was released in February of this year, also found that U.S. consumer demand for parrot species could be a major factor in their extinction if current trends continue.
"If the species is extinguished in Mexico, it's extinguished in the world. The ecological equilibrium and food chain would be lost. And we can't permit...the loss of our natural patrimony just for 150 captured parrots," said Juan Carlos Cantú, director of programs for Defenders Mexico.:: Via CDN Mexico