The above standards & guidelines, which relate to pigeons, have been taken from the final draft produced by the Stakeholder Advisory Group, of which more can be read as follows:
In September 2015 both the racing and show pigeon fraternities were informed that they had to be represented at meetings organised by Animal Health Australia at the direction of the Minister for Agriculture. The purpose of these meetings was to develop nationally consistent standards and guidelines for livestock to streamline welfare legislation in Australia.
This involvement commenced in January 2016 with the pigeon representative ultimately being a member of the 33 person Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG) which met on a number of occasions. The SAG was comprised of representatives of poultry (primarily) and other species such as geese, ostrich, emu, quail , pigeons etc. together with people from DPI, RSPCA, Agriculture and animal Welfare groups.
Agreement on standards and guidelines was reached at the SAG meetings and then, in turn, these were submitted to Animal Welfare Task Group and others for their perusal and input.
The final draft for all species has now been completed and agreed upon. This will be made available for public consultation in April 2017. Animal Health Australia do not anticipate any change to our standards and guidelines following the consultation process.
What you see here is very different to the initial draft by Animal Health Australia presented for consideration prior to the first SAG meeting.
This finished product may seem bland, basic and stating the obvious. If so, then our involvement has been successful.
If there are items included that may seem unnecessary it has happened for a reason. The process is welfare driven which meant that respect had to be paid to fair and reasonable inclusions in the spirit of negotiation.
There are only 5 Standards (Must Do’s). Most satisfying is that GB 11.6 and GB 11.7 (Space Allowances) were transferred from proposed standards during the negotiation process. There are no items of a contentious nature.
The standards and guidelines will form an addendum to the National Code of Practice.
See the Canberra Combine Video for more detail on the formation of the ANRPB and it’s role in the formation of the standards & guidelines for pigeons.