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Jan Beatrous, a Bird Theft professor, has created a well-organized website with almost 20 pages of colorful images as an extension of her lectures.

Jan Beatrous has been delivering aviculturists seminars about bird theft for over two years. Her lectures detail the defenses that breeders, pet shop owners, and individual pet bird owners must put in place to keep their birds safe.

Jan delivered her first speech on theft at the annual AFA (American Federation of Aviculture) meeting in Baltimore in the summer of 1998, and she has since continued to speak at AFA, both at Specialty Organization meetings and at Annual Conferences, as well as at regional and specialty clubs across the country. She is a passionate speaker who is dedicated to this subject that has impacted so many people.

“I did the same speak again this year at AFA in California. I was eager to get into AFA California because there had been an epidemic of bird thefts there, just as there had been in south Florida.”

Jan routinely talks to Florida bird groups and delivered important presentations this year at the Bird Clubs of Virginia and the Midwest Avian Research Expo in Michigan. “MARE allowed me two hours, and I still ran out of time with the talk…no one left the room.”

Jan Beatrous is a Florida representative for The Amazona Society, together with June Dinger, and an official of the Florida Federation of Aviculture, along with Jean Pattison and Linda Meade. For over 20 years, she has been raising birds.

Jan’s stealing talks include the following points:

The robbers might be folks you’ve seen before. They might be individuals or inexperienced groups, but they could also be members of an organized criminal ring.

The thieves may be armed, putting your and your family’s life, as well as the lives of your pets, at peril.

Don’t let passersby know you have pet birds by leaving the bird in a window or on a porch that can be seen from the street, and don’t clean the cage in the front yard.

To be successful, you must have a number of monitoring and guardian alternatives.

Don’t make it easier for criminals to chose which birds to steal by keeping breeding information out for everyone to see.

Don’t make it easier for criminals to steal your birds by putting out wire cutters, nets, heavy gloves, or anything that may be used to transport the birds – even trash cans and sacks.

Get your birds microchipped so that they can be positively identified in the event of a recovery. Otherwise, the court may give them to the persons who stole them.

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