I know that there are big parrots born in captivity, but the smuggling business is still alive and well unfortunately and encouraging people to get these birds is wrong. Also they require way more attention than, say budgies or cockatiels, who can be entertained by themselves as long as there are 2+ of them together. You need to spend many hours playing with big parrots or they get bored and begin to pluck their feathers and develop zoohosis.
No need to put a born in captivity bird in the wild, just don't take any from the wild and don't encourage people to breed them. Ever heard about "puppy mills"? There are parrots mills as well and they're even worse, but a few people are aware of it. If you really must get a large parrot - adopt from a bird shelter, there are a lot of them, who were abused by the shitty owners before and need a good home.
??? I never said birds didn't need attention the person right under your comment I told them they needed attention. I have owned many animals including birds and I know how to take care of them.
Also obviously smuggling is still a thing but its ILLEGAL now, while some people still do it, it's not as often. Mostly because of bird trade laws put out in places these birds originate. (making it illegal to now take these birds from the wild.) Just like its illegal to kill sharks, and many endangered animals. People still do it even though we try to stop it.
It kinda sounds like you're assuming i'm uneducated but i'm extremely educated of the grim reality of the pet trades. I never buy my animals from pet stores, yet you're assuming I do. I have been looking for months for a bird friend to become an emotional support pet, and have been looking for someone who properly breeds them (No basement breeding, excessive breeding) rather than a pet store.
I would go to an avian shelter but I have no car. Another point is you're saying "go to a shelter" but than you say "encouraging getting a bird is wrong" So do you want these birds to have a home or not?
edit; infact I have dreams of owning an avian shelter
I've never said that I consider you personally unaware of all this. Good for you. But this is deviantart, which is full of stupid kids, who may see your poll and decide that owning a large parrot is "cool, edgy and easy". Who is going to educate them before they drive these precious lives into suffering and death? You are going to teach them and show what price these animals pay for their egoistic wishes? I doubt it. This world is full of stupid people, some of them don't mean harm, but still do it because they don't know better. Encouraging them to get a large parrot is bad, period.
These smugglers usually just get a fine, it's a "slap on the wrist" because they get huge sums of these poor birds on the black market and from these fools who don't know better and want an exotic pet. A lot of macaws and other large parrots are on the brink of extinction and the most guilty ones here are those who still buy them.
You didn't write anywhere that you encourage people to get a bird from shelter, so you assume they're just as educated as you are and do it on their own? No, they will go and buy from a breeder or a smuggler. I want new birds not becoming homeless.
Don't get all defensive, it's not about you. I only care for these poor bird souls.
Do you seriously think there's a 'stupid kid' going around on deviantart with over 800 (which can't even get you any of these birds since you still need a cage) That aren't old enough to know better. I don't exactly know any young children with almost 1k at least. A breeder, owner, or shelter would never even give a parrot to a child without them at least being educated.
I simply asked for people's opinion. Let's just drop this, cause I refuse to continue this conversation I'm sorry.
Believe me, there are a lot of stupid kids with rich parents, who look for a way to waste their money to look "prestigious". I've been here on DA for 10+ years, including my old account, and have seen them all. Also some adults are even worse.
Just remember that as a bird lover it's your duty to protect them too.