The 2012 ANPA Annual General Meeting will be held at the Albury Commercial Club, 618 Dean St, Albury, at 11am on Sunday July 29. There will also be a program of activities on July 28 and a dinner the same night.
Pigeon paramyxovirus has been detected in a hobby pigeon flock in Western Sydney and follows numerous cases of the virus in domestic and feral pigeons in Victoria.
Swabs from the sick birds were sent to NSW DPI’s Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute for laboratory analysis and results confirmed pigeon paramyxovirus. It is believed that the virus may have been transmitted following the introduction of a new pigeon from Victoria into the flock late last month.
Message from ANPA President Bob Grant: I’ve had a call from George Arzey (SVO NSW DPI) that Blood samples forwarded to DPI from a Northern Sydney Avian Vet have tested positive to PPMV1. George stated that he “didn’t want to cause panic”, but I felt I should advise people now. He will advise of a suburb when it is confirmed and I will advise further.
The tested bird was a Donek.
The Ferret Squad is the second film from director Alison Parker. After the success of Jake and Jasper: A Ferret Tale, she chose to make a full length film about a young boy named Max (played by Smallville’s Connor Stanhope), who smuggles his pet ferret into California – where ferrets are not legal as pets. He befriends his next door neighbor, a man named Jarvis Bains (played by 2012′s Blu Mankuma) who houses homing pigeons, his favorite of which is a pigeon he named Cher Ami, after the famous pigeon WWII hero. Together, they fight against authority to save the lives of their beloved pets.