From Mother Nature Network's Michael d'Estries:

As the father of a three-year-old, it's safe to say that I've seen the animated film "Rio" more times than I care to count. Dreamworks did a great job weaving an entertaining story with the real-life themes of trafficking in exotic birds and the decimation of wild populations. That may seem like heavy stuff - and it is - but it's a credit to the creators that you walk away more informed and smiling.

Jesse Eisenberg, best known for his portrayal of Mark Zuckerberg in the movie "The Social Network", voiced the lead blue macaw in "Rio" (and it's upcoming sequel) and is now fronting a campaign to save exotic birds on behalf of the HSUS.

“If an animal’s natural home is in the wild, then chances are, that’s where it belongs,” Eisenberg states in a new PSA. “Unfortunately, the demand for these intelligent, complex creatures – whether captive-bred or wild caught – is decimating the wild parrot species.”

He adds: “Although Blue is a much loved pet, he has no idea what its like to be a bird. He doesn’t even know how to fly. It’s only when he gets a taste of the wild that he discovers his true self and how he ended up in a cage.”

Adam Parascandola, director of animal cruelty investigations for HSUS, said in a press release, “We are grateful to Jesse Eisenberg for helping us to raise awareness of the growing problem of unwanted captive birds in this country. Parrots are highly intelligent, social, and long-lived animals whose complex needs cannot be met by most owners, which is why so many are abandoned.”

HSUS offers five different ways to help parrots and other birds: 1. Support local bird rescues or shelters. 2. If you have a pet bird treat it right. 3. Think twice before buying a bird. Research and never buy a bird from a pet store or online. 4. Support rescue efforts by animal welfare organizations. 5. Pledge to protect wildlife by not supporting the wildlife trade.

Check out the PSA below:

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  • This is a handout photo from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium of one of two macaques that were captured by authorities Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, a day after their owner released dozens of wild animals and then killed himself near Zanesville, Ohio.

  • This is a handout photo from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium of a bear that was captured by authorities Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, a day after their owner released dozens of wild animals and then killed himself near Zanesville, Ohio.

  • This photo provided by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium shows one of three leopards that were captured by authorities Wednesday, a day after their owner released dozens of wild animals and then killed himself near Zanesville, Ohio.

  • This is a handout photo from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium of one of two macaques that were captured by authorities Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, a day after their owner released dozens of wild animals and then killed himself near Zanesville, Ohio.

  • This is a handout photo from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium of a black leopard, one of three leopards that were captured by authorities Wednesday, a day after their owner released dozens of wild animals and then killed himself near Zanesville, Ohio.

  • In a Tuesday Oct. 18, 2011 photo, a dead lion lays by the fence on Terry Thompson's farm near Zanesville, Ohio. (AP Photo/Heather Ellers and Dustin Burton)

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  • Investigators walk around a barn as carcasses lay on the ground at The Muskingum County Animal Farm Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, in Zanesville, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • A sign warns passing motorists about exotic animals on the loose from a wildlife preserve October 19, 2011 in Zanesville, Ohio. (Photo by Jay LaPrete/Getty Images)

  • A barn stands on the property from where exotic animals escaped a wildlife preserve October 19, 2011 in Zanesville, Ohio. (Photo by Jay LaPrete/Getty Images)

  • Muskingum County Sheriff deputies patrol the entrance to the property where exotic animals escaped from a wildlife preserve October 19, 2011 in Zanesville, Ohio. (Photo by Jay LaPrete/Getty Images)

  • A truck driver gets in his truck near the entrance of the property where exotic animals escaped from a wildlife preserve October 19, 2011 in Zanesville, Ohio. (Photo by Jay LaPrete/Getty Images)

  • A truck and trailer owned by the The Wilds, a wildlife conservation center, leaves the property where exotic animals escaped October 19, 2011 in Zanesville, Ohio. (Photo by Jay LaPrete/Getty Images)

  • A Falls Township truck drives towards the property where exotic animals escaped from a wildlife preserve October 19, 2011 in Zanesville, Ohio. (Photo by Jay LaPrete/Getty Images)

  • A truck turns onto the road leading to the property where exotic animals escaped from a wildlife preserve October 19, 2011 in Zanesville, Ohio. (Photo by Jay LaPrete/Getty Images)