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					Avian Influenza Guidance Note 8. Revised 20/06/2006

Pigeon Racing
Pigeon racing by birds originating within the United Kingdom will be permitted from Guernsey from this date until 31st July 2006. Pigeons originating within Guernsey will be permitted to be exported to the United Kingdom or to the DEFRA defined area of Northern France until 31st July 2006, or until further notice. The States Veterinary Officer has imposed the following conditions on pigeon racing organisers, who must conform to these requirements if pigeon racing is to be allowed to continue. If it is found that these requirements have been contravened pigeon racing from Guernsey will cease with immediate effect. The following conditions apply to all pigeons originating in the UK, including birds from Alderney and Jersey:  The Commerce and Employment Department recognises Mr Albert Harley of The Homestead, Longue Rue, St Sampsons, Guernsey, GY2 4AB as the official UK pigeon releaser, and he will be responsible for ensuring that the following conditions are applied. Mr Harley will maintain a record of the names, addresses, telephone numbers of entrants and ring numbers of pigeons, which must be kept for at least 3 months in case tracing is required. All pigeons must have currently valid vaccination against paramyxovirus A named Guernsey veterinary practice must be contactable for advice in case of suspect disease or a welfare problem. In the event of a disease incident at the event Mr Harley will be responsible for contacting the named Guernsey Veterinary Practice. DEFRA bio-security advice must be followed at the event.

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All litter and manure within the cages must be collected for disposal, and disposed of in a manner that does not present a risk of the spread of the disease. All crates, baskets and pigeon containers used for transport, and holding birds prior to liberation must be cleansed and disinfected after the race.

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The following conditions relate to all birds originating in Guernsey that will be / have been released within the DEFRA approved area of Northern France, or within another area of the UK, including Alderney and Jersey:  The Commerce and Employment Department recognises the following persons as ‘race organisers’: o Mr Mick de Carteret, President of the Guernsey Racing Pigeon Club, of Franklin, Les Sauvagees, St Sampsons, GY2 4XU, (telephone 10481 245727); and o Mr Peter Langmead, President of the Guernsey Homing Society, of Jascarian, Rue de Friquet, Vale, GY6 8AN, (telephone 01481 255725). Mr Mick de Carteret and Mr Peter Langmead will be responsible for ensuring that the following conditions are applied by their respective Club and Society, and by all members of their Club or Society. The Guernsey Racing Pigeon Club and the Guernsey Homing Society will maintain a record of the names, addresses, telephone numbers of entrants and ring numbers of pigeons, which must be kept for at least 3 months in case tracing is required. All pigeons must have currently valid vaccination against paramyxovirus A named veterinary practice must be contactable for advice in case of suspect disease or a welfare problem. Individual pigeons should be inspected for signs of disease before being mixed with pigeons from other lofts in crates or transport containers. DEFRA bio-security advice must be followed at the event. All litter and manure within the cages must be collected for disposal, and disposed of in a manner that does not present a risk of the spread of the disease. All crates, baskets and pigeon containers used for transport, and holding birds prior to liberation must be cleansed and disinfected prior to use and after the race.

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If the birds are to go first to the UK. The event organiser must notify the DEFRA State Veterinary Service Animal Health Office nearest to the liberation site (or gathering site for international races) at least 7 days prior to the race. Notification must include release location and date, details of the event organiser and estimated numbers of birds. For a race outside the British Isles, all birds returning from such races should be isolated from other birds, and not raced again, for a minimum of one week. Birds returning to their loft more than 72 hours after the start of the race should be isolated for a minimum of 3 weeks. If in isolation, birds should be inspected regularly and any signs of ill health notified to a veterinary surgeon. For the welfare of the bird(s), the bird(s) must be transported in a suitable container, with adequate ventilation and the regulations of the ferry company or airline must be observed.

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If you require further information then you should contact the States Veterinary Officer.

Commerce and Employment Department


				
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