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California Considers Revision To Banned Species List

Senate bill passes through Natural Resources and Water Committee

By Rose Gordon and Rachael Brugger

quaker parrot, monk parakeet
Quaker parrots are already a banned bird species in the state of California. Courtesy Dana Icenhour, Florida

A bill under consideration in California’s Senate would prohibit the possession, transportation, release and importation of a number of wild animals, including quaker parrots (monk parakeets).

The Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee passed Senate Bill 1424 in a hearing held March 25, 2008 and the bill moved to the Appropriations Committee where it will be voted on again. The date for the hearing has not yet been scheduled. 

The bill would repeal and amend the current list of species the state’s Fish and Game Commission uses to determine which types of animals might pose a threat to the state’s native wildlife or that raise an animal welfare concern.

According to a spokesperson from the office of Sen. Michael Machado, who sponsored the bill, the purpose of the bill is to update Section 28 of the Fish and Game Code and will not change the legality of owning certain birds in the state of California.

Genny Wall, legislative vice president for the American Federation of Aviculture, has monitored the progress of the bill sees no need for concern among California parrot owners at this time.

“If it becomes evident that the intent of this bill is to ban all parrots within the state of California, then we will issue a legislative alert and request opposition to the bill,” Wall said.

Posted: March 27, 2008, 12:26 p.m. EST


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Thanks for the info.
Shannon, Mehoopany, PA
Posted: 7/23/2014 8:54:53 PM
Thanks for the info. The problems listed aren't on account of the birds....they are happening because of the irresponsible people who let pet bids go free and escape. Banning specific species of birds isn't fair to people who already own them....or to the birds. It doesn't solve a problem....it adds to it.
kay, toms river, NJ
Posted: 3/21/2014 9:02:27 PM
I don't think it is right to make certain birds illegal to own. Responsible owners care for their pets and they don't roam free....so they don't have any impact on the natural environment. The parrots that are free have been released accidentally or have escaped. Making certain species of parrots illegal to own will not change that....and like anything else....if someone wants it bad enough they will find a way to get it (whether or not it is illegal to have).
Candice, melborne, NJ
Posted: 2/14/2014 6:37:46 PM
Quakers are GREAT... Just ask me and RT
Screech, Sunny, FL
Posted: 10/11/2013 4:33:26 AM
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