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Jan Beatrous
birdtheft .org
Jan Beatrous, Bird Theft lecturer has put together a well organized website of over 20 pages with colored pictures as an extension of her  lectures.   

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Bird Theft is the topic of the lectures Jan Beatrous has been giving to aviculturists for over two years. Her lectures describe to the breeder, pet store owner and individual pet bird owner the defenses they must put in place to keep their birds safe.
Jan's first speech on theft was at the annual AFA (American Federation of Aviculture) meeting in Baltimore in the summer of 1998 and she has continued speaking at AFA, both at Specialty Organization meetings and at the Annual Conferences, and also at regional and specialty clubs around the country. She is a passionate speaker and devoted to this cause which has touched so many.
"I gave the theft talk again this year in California at AFA. I was determined to get into AFA California because they have had a rash of bird thefts just like in south Florida."

Jan frequently speaks to Florida bird clubs and this year gave major presentations to BCV, (Bird Clubs of Virginia) and to MARE (Midwest Avian Research Expo) in Michigan. "MARE gave me two hours and I still ran out of time with the talk...not a person moved from the room."  

Jan Beatrous, with June Dinger, is a Florida representative, for The Amazona Society, and, with Jean Pattison and Linda Meade, Jan is also an officer of the Florida Federation of Aviculture. She has been breeding birds for about 20 years.

Some points of Jan's theft presentations are:
The thieves may be people you have seen before. They might be individuals or inexperienced groups, but could just as well be part of an organized crime ring.
The thieves may be armed and may endanger the lives of you and your family as well as those of your pets.
Be careful about letting strangers know you have pet birds - don't leave the bird in a window or on a porch that can be seen from the street, don't clean the cage in the front yard.
You need a variety of surveillance and guardian options to be effective.
Don't help thieves choose which birds to take by leaving breeding records out for all to see.
Don't help thieves help themselves to your birds by leaving out wire cutters, nets, heavy gloves or containers that can be used to haul the birds away - even garbage cans and bags.
Get your birds microchipped so that positive identification can be made in case of recovery. Otherwise the court could even award them to the very people who stole them.

Many thanks to Jan Beatrous for the interview. We will revisit Jan and this subject soon.
--LS 82000

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