Information to all members of the N.I.P.A.

THE GENERAL LICENCE ISSUED BY DAERA NORTHERN IRELAND IS STILL REVOKED IE NOT IN PLACE.  UNTIL THIS LICENCE IS REINSTATED PIGEON RACING IS NOT PERMITTED NEITHER IS TRAINING OF PIGEONS PERMITTED FROM MORE THAT ONE LOFT.

MANY OF YOU HAVE ASKED WHERE HAS THIS LICENCE COME FROM AS THEY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF IT.

I CAN ASSURE YOU ALL I HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH THIS LICENCE FOR OVER 40 YEARS.

IF THERE IS NO ISSUE WITH HEALTH PROBLEMS IN ANIMAL`S THIS LICENCE IS IN PLACE AND EVERY THING CAN CONTINUE AS NORMAL.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR WE HAD NO HEALTH ISSUES IN POULTRY UNFORTUNATLEY THIS YEAR WE HAVE AVIAN FLU WHICH HAS BEEN ONGOING FOR A NUMBER OF WEEKS AND UNTIL DAERA ARE SATISFIED THAT THE RISK IN NORTHERN IRELAND IS LOW THEY WILL NOT RE INSTATE IT. WE ARE SLOWLEY MOVING TO THAT POSITION AND I WOULD EXPECT TO HAVE SOME POSITIVE INFORMATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

MY PERSONAL VIEW ON THIS IS THE LICENCE MAY BE RE INSTATED BY THE END OF APRIL BUT PLEASE BEAR IN MIND WE DO NOT WISH TO HEAR OF ANY FURTHER OUTBREAKS IN NORTHERN IRELAND OR THE IRISH REPUBLIC. IF THIS SHOULD HAPPEN THEN WE WILL BE CLOSED DOWN FOR A FURTHER 6 WEEKS AT LEAST.

THE NIPA HAVE PENCILLED IN THEY WOULD LIKE TO COMMENCE PIGEON RACING ON 24TH APRIL THIS IS STILL THEIR GOAL. PERSONALLY I BELIEVE THIS DATE WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT TO ACHIEVE BUT NOT IMPOSSIBLE.

ON THE 21ST APRIL 2021 NEW EU RULES WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN ALL MEMBER STATES. WE HAVE NOT SEEN A COPY OF THEM AS YET WE HAVE A BIT OF AN IDEA WHAT THEY MAY CONTAIN. NORTHERN IRELAND IS NOT A MEMBER STATE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION BUT IF WE WISH TO RACE PIGEONS IN A THE IRISH REPUBLIC AND FRANCE WE WOULD HAVE TO ABIDE TO THESE RULES.

SOME OF THE LAWS MAY BE AS FOLLOWS  ALL LOFTS WILL HAVE TO PROVIDE  A VETINEARY CERTIFICATE STATING THAT ALL PIGEONS IN YOUR LOFT/LOFTS ARE FULLY VACCINATED WITH A FULLY RECOGNISED VACCINE NONE OF THIS CHEAP STUFF THAT SOME MAY BE USING WILL BE ACCEPTED

EACH PIGEON MAY HAVE TO CARRY ITS OWN HEALTH PASSPORT, BEFORE ENTERING A RACE THE PIGEON MAY HAVE TO BE QUARANTINED FOR THREE WEEKS AND MUCH MORE.

HOWEVER WE HAVE SUBMITTED TO LIVE TRADE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE IN DUBLIN THAT NORTHERN IRELAND SHOULD BE TREATED EQUALLY AS ANY MEMBER STATE AND NOT AS A THIRD COUNTRY AND THAT WE SHOULD BE EXEMPT FROM THESE NEW REGULATIONS

AS SOON AS I HAVE ANY POSITIVE NEWS I WILL UPDATE THE WEB SITE

Regards

Fred Russell Secretary N.I.P.A.

Ps maybe a hint of some positive news  Wednesday/Thursday of this week

R.P.R.A. General Licence information.

Earlier this morning I was informed that the meeting scheduled for this afternoon had been cancelled. I am sure this will be a great disappointed to you all as it is to me. However, a DEFRA representative has taken the time to speak to me and as a result I am able to provide the following update; DEFRA has commissioned a risk assessment (currently not completed) that will be used to decide when to reinstate the General license. The option to do this on a staged approach starting with species considered a lower risk (such as Racing Pigeons) is still an option being considered. The General license will not be reinstated prior to 30th April. This means that Racing can not take place before this date and will be permitted at the earliest, from 1st May 2021. The meeting has now been rearranged for some time week commencing 19th April 2021 (time and date to be confirmed). I will keep you updated with any developments. In the meantime multi loft training (more than one loft) also remains banned.

Ian Evans CEO R.P.R.A.

This applies to England and is for information purposes only.

General Licence information published on Face Book pages.

Reference to the posting on face book pages stating we have been given the go ahead to race pigeons it is not true and should be deleted immediately from these face book pages with an apology for publishing misleading information to the pigeon fanciers.

I am forwarding you an email received today from Jim Blee  at the Department of DAERA . See below..

No date has been set for the General Licence to be put in place.

I will also publish an email received from Ian Evans confirming no General licence has been put in place in England and Racing will not commence before the end of April.

From: Blee, Jim <Jim.Blee@daera-ni.gov.uk>
Sent: 09 April 2021 14:16
To: Fred Russell <nipapigeons@hotmail.co.uk>; Lennon, Gerard <Gerard.Lennon@daera-ni.gov.uk>
Subject: RE: General Licence

Fred

No decision on pigeon racing as yet, we are working on it.

Jim Blee I Animal Disease Control & Trade Policy Branch I Veterinary Service Animal Health Group I Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs I Ballykelly House I 111 Ballykelly Road I Ballykelly I Limavady I BT49 9HP

Tel: (028) 77442074 I Ext: 49074 I Mob: 07841 804 520 I Email: jim.blee@daera-ni.gov.uk

Information on the 2021 season.

THE N.I.P.A . MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE HAVE AGREED THAT THE EARLIEST COMMENCEMENT DATE FOR RACING  IS SATURDAY 24TH APRIL 2021.

A REVISED PROGRAMME WILL BE AGREED NEXT MONDAY 12TH APRIL 2021

MULTI TRAINING SHOULD BE ABLE TO COMMENCE ON THE 13/14TH  APRIL  THIS TO BE CONFIRMED WHEN THE GENERAL LICENCE HAS BEEN RE INSTATED

REGARDS

Fred Russell Secretary. 6th April 2021.