The caged bird, used like the potted plant to enliven homes throughout the world, has created a huge market for exotic wild birds which are collected and sold in vast numbers.
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Background: The caged bird, used like the potted plant to enliven homes throughout the world, has created a huge market for exotic wild birds which are collected and sold in vast numbers.
One of the larger centres for this trade is Djakarta, capital city of Indonesia, where about 120 bird shops are concentrated at the Pasat Burang market with still more scattered around other sectors of the city.
Over sixty species of caged wild birds -- collected from most of the Indonesian Islands, are on sale at Pasat Burang. some of them are both rare and expensive -- the most costly being the Musai Bantu which is sold for 100,000 Indonesian rupiahs (GBP116 sterling).
Other rare birds sold at Pasat Burang market include the Ficarawa which costs 50,000 rupiahs (GBP58 sterling) and the Beo at 80,000 rupiahs (GBP93 sterling).
The international trade in caged wild birds has caused concern among animal overs for some time because of the high mortality rate during transportation.
In the United Kingdom this situation will change, however, early in 1976 when the Diseases of Animals Act becomes law. This will mean that most birds entering the UK from abroad will be subject to quarantine. According to Mr. Negille Whittaker, Manager of the royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Hostel at London Airport, this will mean that the traffic will bereduced and traders will take more care of their live cargo because of the cost of the quarantine period.
SYNOPSIS: Exotic wild bird are collected and sold throughout the world as the demand for caged birds as pets continues. One of the centres for the trade in caged will birds is Djakarta, capital city of Indonesia. Here at the Pasat Burang bird market there are about one hundred and twenty shops -- with still more in other sectors of the city.
Parrots and cockatoos are among the most popular and expensive. But many other species are collected, with over sixty different varieties on sale at Pasat Burang. Some of them are extremely rare and costly -- the Musai Bantu for example sells for over one hundred pound sterling in Djakarta and the Beo fetches about ninety pounds sterling.
These birds have been collected from the Indonesian islands, but many of them will find their way much further afield and maybe not survive the journeys. The death rate during transportation of caged will birds has caused concern among animal lovers for some time -- but in the United Kingdom at lest their numbers will be considerably reduced during nineteen-seventy-six. this is because a new law will mean that most birds entering the UK from abroad will be subject to quarantine.