Ask Your City Mayor to Officially Recognize National Bird Day

With National Bird Day just around the corner, the Animal Protection Institute (API), in coordination with the Avian Welfare Coalition (AWC), is calling on activists around the U.S. to take action on behalf of captive birds, by drawing attention to the exploitation of birds by the U.S. pet industry.

A few of the facts:
*Nearly 12% of the world's 9,800 bird species may face extinction within the next century, including nearly one-third of the world's 330 parrot species.
*Many of the world's parrots and songbirds are threatened with extinction due to pressures from the pet trade and habitat loss.
*Millions of birds are captured from the wild or produced in captivity only to lead miserable lives languishing in conditions that fail to meet their instinctive behavioral and physical needs

Help us spread the important message about the plight of captive birds by asking your city mayor to proclaim January 5, 2007 "National Bird Day."

How You Can Help:

Contact Your City Mayor:

Step 1: Send the sample proclamation along with a short letter to your mayor asking him/her to proclaim January 5 "National Bird Day."

*The sample letter is at
*The sample proclamation is at

Step 2: Send a copy of the signed Proclamation to API to be added to the list of cities and for your chance to win a free canvas bag from the Avian Welfare Coalition. (See the bag at

Attend a National Bird Day event:

Many people have already informed us of events they will be holding in honor of National Bird Day. So if there's an event happening near you, please make plans to attend and show your support for the birds!

Events will kick off this weekend in New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA, with many other cities around the country to host events in January. For a complete event listing, go to

If you don't see something planned in your area, it's not too late for you to put the wheels in motion. Just check out for event ideas, and other great ways you can get involved. You can also download free National Bird Day posters.

Thanks for helping the Birds Fly Free!


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