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July 5, 2012

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Ask NBC to Scrap Sidekick Shtick on 'The Voice'

Dear Friend,

Please join Born Free USA in urging NBC not to feature an endangered Moluccan cockatoo on its show "The Voice" as a pet and onscreen companion for Cee Lo Green.

As a supporter of Born Free USA you know that wildlife should remain in the wild. Help us explain to NBC that our mission includes birds and in particular parrots, especially those who are extremely difficult to care for in captivity and whose survival in the wild is directly threatened by the pet trade.

Moluccan cockatoos are beautiful, intelligent animals but they are very challenging to care for and are prone to considerable welfare problems. Many develop self-destructive behavior, including feather-plucking and self-mutilation, not known to occur in the wild. Many parrot rescue facilities already are filled to capacity with Moluccans and other large parrots.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service added the Moluccan cockatoo (Cacatua moluccensis) under the protection of the Endangered Species Act in May 2011, and the birds have been on CITES (Convention on International Trade In Endangered Species) Appendix I since the 1990s. But despite these protections, Moluccan cockatoos remain one of the most sought-after birds in the pet trade.

For better or for worse, the actions of U.S. celebrities can have an impact on national and international trends, and the last thing this species needs is to be popularized as a "pet" on national television.

Please send a polite letter to NBC executives and ask them not to feature an endangered parrot on the show "The Voice."

For the animals,

P.S. Please support Born Free USA's efforts on behalf of exotic birds by sponsoring a parrot.

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