Avian Welfare Laws & Legislation

Parrots and other exotic birds commonly sold as pets or used for entertainment do not have specific regulations under the federal Animal Welfare Act.  Moreover, they are frequently excluded from animal welfare legislation, pet shop regulations, and existing animal cruelty statutes.

Learn more about the current animal protection laws governing captive birds by referring to the resources below.   

Our webinar, "There Ought To be A Law," is presented by 4 leading experts in the animal protection field and provides a summary of current law as well as suggested approaches to improving captive bird welfare.  

"There Ought To Be a Law" webinar:

Laws Pertaining to Captive Birds

NEW - Guidelines for Evaluating Bird Abuse & Neglect

The Need for Avian Advocacy
A Special Report by the American Anti-Vivisection Society 

Color-Coded Map of Laws Relating to Birds in Pet Shops [pdf]

Animal Protection Law Resources

Animal Legal Defense Fund
Animal Law Resource Center

Animal Cruelty Reporting Resources:

ASPCA
Animal Legal Defense Fund