Government Consultation

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A 12-week GB-wide consultation launched Tuesday 7 March which seeks views on the government’s proposals to require all bird keepers to register their birds and update their information annually.

At present, all poultry keepers in Great Britain are encouraged to record the details of their flock with the Animal and Health Plant Agency (APHA) poultry register, but only those who keep 50 birds or more, are required by law to do so.

New proposed rules will require all bird keepers, no matter how many birds they keep, to register their birds and update their information on an annual basis. This includes owners of backyard flocks, birds of prey and pigeon fanciers. This will enable the government to communicate with poultry keepers quickly, to manage potential disease outbreaks, such as avian influenza, and limit the spread. By registering their birds, keepers will ensure they receive important information on biosecurity rules to help protect their flocks from the threat of avian influenza.

Details on this consultation can be found here. We would be very grateful if you could share this information with your colleagues and members.

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