Jesse Eisenberg Helps Save Exotic BirdsJesse Eisenberg voices a macaw in the animated family-friendly movie Rio (and the upcoming sequel) and now he’s teaming up with The Humane Society of the United States to bring attention to the inhumane treatment of exotic birds. Eisenberg and HSUS want potential bird owners to think twice before purchasing an exotic bird as a pet. According to HSUS, the “growing demand for parrots and other popular species fuels the global exotic bird trade and accounts for the countless homeless parrots overwhelming rescue groups and animal shelters across the United States.”
“If an animal’s natural home is in the wild, then chances are, that’s where it belongs,” states Eisenberg. “Unfortunately, the demand for these intelligent, complex creatures – whether captive-bred or wild caught – is decimating the wild parrot species.”
130 parrots and other birds were recently rescued from an Ohio facility. The birds were suffering from malnutrition, dehydration, mental distress and zoonotic diseases, and cruelty charges have been filed against the people involved.
“We are grateful to Jesse Eisenberg for helping us to raise awareness of the growing problem of unwanted captive birds in this country,” said Adam Parascandola, director of animal cruelty investigations for The HSUS. “Parrots are highly intelligent, social, and long-lived animals whose complex needs cannot be met by most owners, which is why so many are abandoned.”
Watch the Jesse Eisenberg video:
For more info, visit humanesociety.org/helpparrots.
Source: Humane Society of the United States