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Dear Parrots magazine,

Eco not Traffick

Well done for including a piece on the Indonesia Nine and highlighting what appalling things human beings can do to our wildlife.  I have been aware of this case and I have seen some of the pictures which were not published in this magazine of these birds in the bottles, which is quite horrifying.

How people can do this I just don’t know.  Like many of the problems in the world this is a hard one to crack as the people that carry out these appalling practices clearly do it for money as it is no doubt more lucrative than other sources of income.  In contrast, it is gratifying that in certain part of the world there are some great organisations that are encouraging eco-tours where the native populations can enjoy a better income than poaching and trafficking these poor creatures.  We need to encourage eco-tourism!

Joe MacKenzie, by email



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