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Avian Welfare Laws & Legislation

Parrot Breeding and Keeping

A Special Report by the American Anti-Vivisection Society

Parrots and other exotic birds commonly sold as pets or used for entertainment do not have specific regulations under the federal Animal Welfare Act.  Moreover, they are frequently excluded from animal welfare legislation, pet shop regulations, and existing animal cruelty statutes.


Learn more about the current animal protection laws governing captive birds and approaches to improving their welfare below.


NEW - Guidelines for Evaluating Bird Abuse & Neglect


The Need for Avian Advocacy
A Special Report by the American Anti-Vivisection Society 


Current Law and Suggested Approaches to Improving Captive Bird Welfare
A Summary by Born Free USA


Color-Coded Map of Laws Relating to Birds in Pet Shops [pdf]


Model Legislation: An Act Regulating the Sale of Unweaned Birds
By Born Free USA


"There Ought To Be a Law" webinar:


Animal Law Resources

Animal Legal Defense Fund


Currently, there are no requirements governing bird-breeding facilities under the Animal Welfare Act. Click here to learn why..  

Animal Law Resource Center


Reporting Animal Cruelty

When You Witness Animal Cruelty
By the Animal Legal Defense Fund


ASPCA – Report Animal Cruelty


US Regulatory Laws and Resources

Animal Welfare Information Center
by the United States Department of Agriculture


Lacey Act


Wild Bird Conservation Act


US State and territory animal import regulations


Know Your Legislators Position on Animal Protection
by Humane USA


International Resources

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES)