INTRODUCTION TO BIRD THEFT
Exotic bird theft affects professional aviculturists, hobbyists, pet shop owners, pet bird households, as well as bird sanctuaries and zoos.
Those who steal exotic birds and animals are not simply thieves: they also commit animal cruelty. Birds and other animals are stolen for personal satisfaction, for resale and even for animal sacrifice, with absolutely no regard for their lives or well-being.
Our objectives are to:
- Present "best practices" for bird owners,
- Explain the principles of working with law enforcement to bring the criminals to justice and
- Offer methods for finding birds that are stolen.
The ideas, suggestions, and actual reports presented here have been formulated after gathering information on over 100 known burglaries and two home invasions. This information was gathered with the help of victims, law enforcement and networkers.
We must also mention the last contributors. The birds themselves, whether they were left behind, returned or found dead, have presented clues on how the crimes were committed. This project is dedicated to them.