BIRDS OF PASSAGE
A multimedia educational portal to tracking and mapping Trafficked Exotic Birds and from the Brazilian Amazon Forest to the city of Rio De Janeiro
Brazil is number one in the world in terms of terrestrial biodiversity contained within its six major terrestrial biomes (IBAMA, 2001), three of which have been seriously affected by deforestation, degradation and species loss. Between 60% and 70% of the trafficked animals in Brazil are purchased by Brazilians. Ownership of Tropical birds has been a tradition dating back to the 15th century when early French Colonizers noticed the Indigenous tradition of using bird feathers
for religious ceremonies. Many South American and Caribbean cultures have the tradition of keeping tropical birds because they connect Their songs to the soul of every living being.
Welcome to the multimedia web-doc educational portal exploring the threat of illegal tree logging and bird trafficking from the Amazon rainforest to the city of Rio De Janeiro.
ABOUT US AND OUR PARTNERS
It doesn't get a lot of media attention, but every year, poachers take a whopping 38 million animals from the wilds of Brazil to meet the global demand for illegal wildlife. Most are birds, destined to become caged pets for owners in Rio de Janeiro or Sydney or Madrid or New York.
Brazil's strong demand for exotic pets, its weak laws around the wildlife trade, and it's light penalties for violators allow many traffickers to operate with impunity, feeding the country's 2$ billion industry. Dr. Juliana Machado Ferreira is trying to change that with a simple tool: information. Via her NGO FREELAND.
FREELANDs mission is critical: to protect vulnerable people and wildlife from organized crime and corruption, while revitalizing ecosystems and communities for a more secure world. Our vision is a world free of wildlife trafficking and human slavery.
This project, founded in the heart of Ciudad de Deus, is a youth media based NGO that creates a platform for youth in the Favela to express and explore themes of social injustice and corruption within their own neighborhood and city.
Working with the Brazilian Ornithological society, Rentas's mission is to locate illegal trafficked birds and wildlife from Rio's black markets and rehabilitate the species, placing them later into sancturaries.