The Australian government recently allowed the export of hundreds of rare and endangered parrots worth tens of thousands of dollars each to a German organization – Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots (ACTP) – which is headed by a man who has multiple criminal convictions.
The head of the ACTP, Martin Guth, has a five-year jail sentence for hostage-taking, extortion and attempted fraud in 1996. In 2009, Guth was sentenced to one year and eight months in prison for seven cases of fraud. In one incident, he kidnapped two men and threatened to cut their fingers off unless they paid a large sum of money.
Concerns about ACTP in Australia were raised with the former environment minister and now treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, and the office of the former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, as well as the environment department. But the government has continued to allow the exports. The latest shipment of 64 birds to ACTP was approved on 12 November.