Legislative Rights for Parrots is a group of individuals with the common goal of protecting and improving the overall welfare of parrots and other pet birds. We pursue this goal via the avenues of education, coordination with parrot rescues, and working with legislators on appropriate legal protections for our feathered friends. LRP board members have flown around the country to seek the input of parrot rescues on our proposed Standard of Care for Pet Birds.
LRP is a nonpartisan group whose only political agenda is the best interest of parrots and pet birds.
Prompt responsible parrot ownership through education.
Ensure a proper Standard of Care for parrot rescues and provide assistance for responsible rescues.
Propose bills that outline a minimum Standard of Care and amend animal cruelty laws to include parrots and pet birds.
Work with legislators and law enforcement to cease the smuggling of birds in and out of the United States.
Paid by Anyone - The LRP members and executive board volunteer their time.
A Policing Agency - LRP is not affiliated with law enforcement or animal control.
Controlled by a Political Party - LRP is a nonpartisan group, with no official political affiliation.
Coming After Your Birds - As parrot owners, our goals are all in support of happy, healthy coexistence between parrots and people.
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Kacie Noonan, Founder
Kacie Noonan integrated her passions for responsible parrot ownership and working in the public sector by founding Legislative Rights for Parrots. Exposure to the sometimes horrendous conditions in which “rescued” parrots were housed brought to her attention the need for stronger legal protections for parrots, both locally and federally. That includes protection under animal cruelty laws, protections from trafficking, and a Standard of Care for Pet Birds. Years of volunteering with parrot and canine rescues, as well as writing and enforcing State Laws for Montana in public health for over a decade, gave her the unique combination of knowledge and skills to pursue those goals. It is Kacie’s passion to enrich the lives of pet birds and support parrot owners while also supporting parrots in their natural habitat.
Apryl Miller, Executive Director
Apryl Miller JD, BS, is the Executive Director of Legislative Rights for Parrots and is also currently working with a group in Spain to stop the culling of quaker parrots. She has a Juris Doctorate, a BS in History, and an AA in Interpreting for the Deaf. She uses her extensive knowledge of legislative law to help craft the proposals for LRP and direct volunteer efforts to educate legislators on why the laws need to be carefully amended to better protect both parrots and their caretakers. Apryl and her husband maintain a flock of fifteen survivor parrots ranging from Lovebirds to Macaws. They also have three geriatric cats. When not working to help parrots, or spending time with her large feathered and furry family, Apryl can be found doing genealogy, gaming, or advocating for others who, like her, have autoimmune diseases.
Anthony Nicholson, Director of International Affairs
Anthony Nicholson is the Director of International Affairs for Legislative Rights for Parrots. He is responsible for LRP's activities outside the United States, mostly concerning affairs of parrot welfare in the Commonwealth countries of Canada and the United Kingdom. Anthony's main focus is on strengthening laws that protect parrots from cruelty, abuse, and neglect.