I hope you are all keeping safe and well.
I must bring the following to your attention regarding the importation of racing pigeons into Northern Ireland
There is strong evidence that pigeons are being imported into Northern Ireland without the proper paper work. This must stop immediately, if you are found out by the Department and reported to us we will have no choice but to deal with you . I have no doubt the Department is aware of this and will be making more thorough checks.
If you have the proper paper work and completed correctly and I mean correctly to the letter then of course you can import these pigeons if not you are putting Our sport at risk, and I mean permission to race from Southern Ireland would be suspended and I am not scare mongering this could happen.
We have enough problems to sort out at the moment we do not need to add to them
I am appealing to you all to follow the legislation and do not try to import these pigeons without the proper paper work.
See previous post for information on importing racing pigeons.
F C Russell Secretary N.I.P.A.
I am aware of a communication circulating on social media that outlines the possible difficulty of importing and exporting pigeons to and from the UK, post Brexit. For a number of months I have been following guidance issued by DEFRA the APHA and reviewing the relevant EU regulations to assess the impact on Channel racing. While there seem to be potential issues OF increased paperwork/health certification relating to the permanent import of pigeons from EU countries i.e importing a pigeon purchased from a fancier on the continent; the impact and requirements for the transportation of pigeons for sporting purposes may be very different. Guidance previously issued by DEFRA/APHA that includes reference to the requirements for transporting racing pigeons to the continent for sporting purposes has been interpreted in a way that requires far less documentation compared to the permanent import or export of pigeons. However, this interpretation is awaiting confirmation from DEFRA and APHA and with this in mind I had in initial conversation with DEFRA in December 2020 and requested a more detailed conversation in relation to this aspect this month after the Brexit deal had been finalised. Hopefully this meeting will go ahead this month and result in clarification and guidance specific for the transportation of pigeons for racing purposes. In the meantime there is reason to be positive. An update will be issued as soon as possible
Ian Evans CEO