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CITES Sustainable Users Group (CSUG) Meeting Minutes - Tues 12 April 2016

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CITES Conservation NGO Liaison Group (CLG) Meeting Minutes - Mon 11 April 2016

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Show Cage Training Regulations

Here's important news for all fanciers who exhibit birds and train them. Natural England is seeking views on a number of proposals and topics relating to the General and Class Licenses issued under wildlife legislation and it closes on 19th May 2014. The consultation paper and supporting documentation are available online at www.naturalengland.org.uk/consultations andwww.gov.uk

Responses should be sent electronically to wildlife.consultation@naturalengland.org.uk or in writing to Natural England General Licence Consultation, c/o Wildlife Licensing, Temple, Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol BS1 6EB.

Hidden away in the middle of the document at item 18 is a proposal to amend the regulation with regard to keeping of birds in show cages for training purposes. Currently under General Licence WML-GL-16, birds can be confined in show cages (the dimensions of which do not satisfy the requirements of section 8(1) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981) for the purposes of training birds for public exhibition and competition. Currently the conditions of this General Licence restrict the confinement of birds within show cages to a maximum of one hour in any period of 24 hours. (The Act contains an exception to this restriction during public exhibition or competition up to 72 hours)

It is considered that one hour may be too short and could potentially lead to increased stress to birds, by more frequent movement in and out of cages, and less time to acclimatise to a cage.

Natural England are seeking views on amending this period of time birds can be confined in a show cage to either 1 hour, or 3 hours or 6 hours.

The National Council for Aviculture will consider this proposition at its meeting on 5th April and the Canary Council at its meeting on 4th May. Chairman of the NCA, Chris Smith, suggests that other parts of the fancy should also consider this and make their views known to Natural England and this includes all Cage Bird Societies. There are undoubtedly welfare benefits to be accrued with a longer period of time but I would have concerns if this were carried out on a daily basis. One of the least stressful ways to get birds used to a show cage is to hang a cage off the stock cage door and provide tit-bits to entice them in and out at their leisure.

It is a pity this consultation is not part of the DEFRA consultation document expected later this year on the need for documentary evidence and the ringing review which will undoubtedly cost the taxpayer further, again no joined up working from the Policy makers and their agencies.

Chris Smith

NCA Chairman
March 2014

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EU PROCEDURES AND PLANNING FOR PROPOSALS TO THE
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JLG meeting - Wednesday 16th May 2012 - Minutes

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