Report from Dick Milner, ANPA Vice President, FUPS Secretary/Avian Industry Consultative Committee: In the past month an extremely contagious virus (conflicting reports on which one at this time) has had a devastating impact on the racing pigeon racing fraternity and now on fancy pigeons in Western Australia.
Over forty plus lofts and hundreds of pigeons are at the mercy of this virus. Gestation period unknown. It would appear a pigeon with or carrying the virus went on a racing pigeon transporter just over four weeks (event 1). That pigeon it would appear went onto contaminate other pigeons crated and when they returned home they contaminated other loft birds.
Birds from these lofts from what we are told showed no signs of illness and went into (event 2) and the contamination continued. At this time birds started dying in big numbers; regurgitating grain, very sloppy slimy green dropping etc. Then the next pigeon transporter (event 3) resulted in high loft mortality. Birds on this pigeon transporter (event 3), many of whom refused to leave the crates at the release point were subsequently were returned to Perth.
Large numbers are dying and as of last night more birds have succumbed to the virus. At this point fanciers are discouraged from offering up their analysis of the problem because quite frankly if is up to the scientific people to get it right. Incidentally the pigeon that won the Federation event is one of the causalities.
FUPS Management Committee have cancelled all shows for 2016. We are encouraging hi levels of bio security, complete lock down, closed lofts and no movement of pigeons under any circumstances.
Fanciers are being encouraged not to take pigeons to the National.
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