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!!! 19/04/2021 Urgent Announcement - Paramyxo virus Outbreak

Over the last couple of weeks there has been an increased number of mortalities amongst feral pigeon/doves and other wild birds in portions of the Eastern Cape. Post-mortems and laboratory tests performed at Onderstepoort have confirmed Pigeon Paramyxo virus as cause.

Pigeon Paramyxo virus (PPMV-1) is a variant of Newcastle disease virus (APMV-1), which in turn is one of the 12 serotypes of Avian Paramyxo virus found in avian species. Newcastle disease virus is predominantly associated with poultry, while other serotypes associated are with other species of avians. All species of avian are susceptible to Paramyxo virus, but in the case of Pigeon Paramyxo virus it is mainly pigeons/doves and passerines that are affected. In practice we find that parrots are seldom affected by Paramyxo virus. Transmission of Paramyxo virus is either by direct contact with infected body fluids like faeces, nasal, and ocular discharge or indirectly through contaminated clothes and hands. The virus is stable and can survive in the environment for several weeks.

Symptoms include lethargy, diarrhoea, vomiting, respiratory distress, ocular discharges, neurological signs such as tremors, twisting of the neck and circling.

Parrot breeders and pet parrot owners have no need for panic but should still restrict exposure of their parrots to feral pigeons/doves, birds and poultry while implementing good biosecurity measures. Where pigeons/doves and poultry are housed on the same premises as other birds it is recommended that these species be vaccinated with an inactivated Pigeon Paramyxo or Newcastle virus vaccine, respectively. There is no Paramyxo virus vaccine available for parrots and therefore not recommended to vaccinate them.

Newcastle disease is a communicable disease, and any suspected cases must be reported to your local state veterinarian.


JUNE 2020 PASA and Rose-ringed parakeet permits

The Parrot breeders Association of South Africa (PASA) represents 34 bird/parrot breeding clubs as well as several hundred non-club affiliated members. As the umbrella association representing the vast majority of parrot breeders it is recognized by the South African Government and more specifically the Department of Environmental Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF), Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD), South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and the various Provincial Departments as the representative body for the organized parrot breeding industry.

With the up listing of Psittacula krameri (Rose-ringed parakeets) to category 2 of the national invasive bird species listing, PASA negotiated a permit in the name of PASA for its members that meet the requirements of the DEFF permit. Such members who choose to keep, breed, trade and transport rose-ringed parakeets under this permit are subject to an inspection of facilities to ensure that they meet the requirements of the permit, by designated PASA inspectors instead of DEFF inspectors. The member must comply with all criteria of the permit as with any other permit holder with the advantage that PASA is the administrative center for data capture and processing. We in turn report the activities of PASA members directly to DEFF.

PASA allocates a sub-number and certificate of compliance to the DEFF permit to its members, which is used in conjunction with the PASA permit for all official purposes. The DEFF is entitled to and do inspect PASA members using the PASA permit to ensure compliance. We are in regular consultation with DEFF to ensure the effective management of this and other invasive species.

Non-compliance with the permit conditions cannot be allowed and PASA have to report non-compliance to DEFF.

One of the conditions of the permit is that the aviaries where the birds are kept must be of a specific quality to prevent escape. We also undertook to assist in eradicating the feral population that is spreading in South Africa. In this regard we encourage our members to catch any feral birds, prevent them from breeding on our properties, report on the feral population and take steps to eradicate same.

This is a good example of an industry representative organization applying self-regulation, taking responsibility for its industry, co-operating with and lightening the burden on government (in this case DEFF) and adding value to its membership.



!!! 10/03/2020 NEWS FLASH !!!

PASA just announced a breakthrough with the implementation of a new system to provide high quality parrot rings to the public. This coincided with the takeover of Tomri Rings and we welcome all their clients. The advantages of the new system include the following:

1) Reduction in the price of some popular ring sizes.
2) Quick delivery.
3) Reasonable courier costs.
4) The public in general may order rings and not only PASA members.
5) Members will enjoy a tariff below the standard tariff.
6) Strict standards are set for quality control.

We invite all to make use of this opportunity to order your rings from PASA and will welcome feedback.

Please see our website: www.aviculturesa.co.za or contact our office to place an order.



!!! 22/01/2020 Urgent Announcement !!!

PASA has noted the current allegations made against Antonie Meiring with extreme concern. We are urgently investigating the matter and will provide feedback as soon as possible.
We stand by our strict code of conduct applicable to all our members and will not tolerate any breach thereof by anybody associated with PASA.

Regards,
Ben Minnaar
PASA Chairman



2018 EDITORIAL COMMENT

Time flies when you are having fun and 2019 is already a few months old. As far as the our operations are concerned the internal registration of Cites I species is finalized. After the catastrophic upgrading of African greys at CoP 17 a huge number of African grey breeders have been registered in Switzerland and we can be proud that the most registered Cites I parrot breeding facilities are now in South Africa. An African Grey fund was also established with the sole porpuse of protecting the wild African grey population. Projects are currently identified worthy of our support.

We are still building our relations with the South African authorities and are getting their full support despite challenges they experience.

We are going to again represent our members at the upcoming CoP18 event and wish our representatives well.

With the ongoing outbreak of HPAI the exports are still struggling to get under way and we hope that matters will improve.

Lastly, we would like to look back on the year 2018 where we lost some great friends of the parrot industry. In this regard we would like to make special mention of the beloved Dr Chris Kinsley, one of the founding members of PASA.

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