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Theft of Birds has been the focus of the presentations that Jan Beatrous has been giving to aviculturists for the past more than two years. Her presentations educate the proprietors of pet stores, breeders, and individuals who keep birds as pets on the preventative measures that are necessary to safeguard their avian charges.

She has continued to speak at AFA, both at Specialty Organization meetings and at the Annual Conferences, as well as at regional and specialty clubs all over the country. Jan gave her first speech on theft at the annual meeting of the American Federation of Aviculture (AFA) in Baltimore in the summer of 1998. Since then, she has continued to speak on the topic. She is an eloquent speaker and completely devoted to this cause, which has had an impact on so many people’s lives.

“This year at AFA in California, I repeated my presentation on preventing theft. I was adamant about joining AFA California since, much like south Florida, they had recently experienced an uptick in the number of bird thefts.”

Jan gives presentations to the Florida bird clubs on a regular basis, and this year she also spoke at the MARE (Midwest Avian Research Expo) in Michigan and the BCV (Bird Clubs of Virginia) in Virginia. “MARE allotted me two hours, but I still ran out of time with the talk…not a single person left the room,” she said.

Alongside June Dinger, Jan Beatrous serves as a spokesperson for the Amazona Society in the state of Florida. Additionally, together with Jean Pattison and Linda Meade, Jan Beatrous serves as an officer for the Florida Federation of Aviculture. She has about 20 years of experience in the bird breeding industry.

Some of the points that Jan makes in her talks on stealing are as follows:

  • It’s possible that some of the thieves are people you’ve met in the past. They might be individuals or incompetent groups, but it’s also possible that they’re a part of a large-scale organized criminal enterprise.
  • It’s possible that the thieves are armed, which puts your life, the lives of your family members, and the lives of your pets in peril.
  • Take precautions not to advertise the fact that you keep birds as pets to people you do not know. For example, you should not clean the bird’s cage in the front yard or put the bird in a window where it can be seen from the street.
  • In order to be successful, you need a number of different surveillance and guardian alternatives.
  • Do not leave breeding records out where anybody can view them because this makes it easier for criminals to select which birds to steal.
  • Do not make it easier for thieves to steal your birds by leaving out items such as wire cutters, nets, heavy gloves, or containers that can be used to transport the birds, including garbage cans and sacks. This will only encourage them to steal your birds.
  • Get microchips implanted in your birds so that in the event that they are found, a positive identification can be achieved. In that case, the court might even give them back to the individuals who stole them in the first place.

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