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Creature Feature: Macaws for Alarm

A case in Virginia highlights the need for responsible avian sanctuaries— and for better standards of care for the birds caught up in the pet trade

A case in Virginia highlights the need for responsible avian sanctuaries— and for better standards of care for the birds caught up in the pet trade

The 31 macaws abandoned in Virginia were more than local animal control could shelter. Luckily, Project Perry stepped in to help. MICHELLE RILEY/THE HSUS
Ah, the delights of summer mornings in rural Virginia: the sunlight shimmering softly through ancient maples, dappling the country roads, the breeze that smells of new-mown hay, the slow drift of a red-tailed hawk cruising over the farmland, the ear-piercing shrieking of blue and gold macaws …

Hmm—that’s odd. Usually, in this part of the state, you hear warblers and finches and mockingbirds and the occasional distant lowing of a cow.

But this late July morning in Louisa, Va., those typical pastoral summer sounds are secondary to shrieks and muffled scratchings coming from plastic dog crates on the lawn and porch of an otherwise ordinary-looking house on a wooded back road outside of the main part of town. Several cars are parked in the driveway or pulling up to it, and the drivers of the vehicles emerge carrying more crates.

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