July 14, 2013 at 9:45 pm #257838
I just signed the petition “Australian Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry: Stay of destruction of Rare Breed Poultry on 16th July 2013” on Change.org.
Note I did wonder about the risk of introducing disease to Australia’s existing chickens but I don’t know enough about that to comment. But surely the chickens could be kept in quarantine for a bit longer. Maybe that isn’t an option???
TAKE ACTION. SAVE 4000 RARE BREED CHICKS.
I LOVE rare breed chickens, and when I heard the news of more coming to Australia, I was EXCITED! They were the first non-commercial importation in 70 years. Besides being beautiful it is very important that we refresh and improve our chicken bloodlines.
However, due to ONE positive test for salmonella, the entire 4000 will be destroyed tomorrow (http://bit.ly/15G5V0m). I’m all for safety but what we require is a halt to their destruction and MORE tests!
You can sign a petition here – it’ll take two minutesJuly 14, 2013 at 9:57 pm #533243
I signed it too. The petition is not about keeping the ill ones (there are none anyway)- its about carrying out the proper testing so that the ones that test negative are not killed. The stakeholders in this group who organised the import have paid a lot of money for eggs in the hope to bring fresh bloodlines into the country. The chicks have had a death rate comparable with normal chick raising operations and the salmonella was found in the dead chick samples. There are no sick chooks- none of the poultry enthusiasts are interested in bringing in disease. They just want the authorities to be sensible about this matter and test them all instead of having a knee jerk reaction cull.July 15, 2013 at 9:24 am #533244
Looks like they have a reprieve….
Thank you to all those who have signed the petition. We were successful in getting a reprieve. The Syndicate will be in court on Thursday and we will update you as we get news. Keep your fingers crossed, that we get agreement to more testing instead of destruction of the birds.July 19, 2013 at 4:47 pm #533245
GREAT NEWS JUST IN!
We have now been permitted to test the chickens. An official statement is being prepared as we speak, and we wait for the paperwork to be completed.
You can follow progress on Facebook search for Save the Rare Breed Chickens at Torrens Island and like the page. Thank you again for your support.July 20, 2013 at 12:27 am #533246
That’s good news Steve. :clap:
🙂July 20, 2013 at 9:56 pm #533247
This story made Landline today…July 20, 2013 at 11:00 pm #533248
That’s the kind of publicity that should help the issue. I hope it works.
🙂July 26, 2013 at 6:31 pm #533249
Not a happy ending for this story but at least they got the chance to make an informed decision about their birds.
This update was just emailed:
Thank you to the 3269 people from all over the world who took the time to complete the petition. This certainly helped the Syndicate to get a stay of execution, whilst we went to court to seek permission to test the birds again. Further testing was undertaken and more birds were found to have Salmonella Pullorum. This disease can be successfully eradicated, but the Syndicate did not have the financial resource to do so. As it required breeding another generation of birds taking a year. We could not get permission to move the birds to alternative cheaper accommodation due to the very strict quarantine rules. So with great sadness the Syndicate decided bio security was paramount and allow the flock to be destroyed. This occurred Friday 26th July. The Syndicate is now faced with considerable bill, for the extra time in quarantine and legal costs. For an further updates go to the Syndicates website http://www.australianrarepoultryimportationsyndicate.org –July 27, 2013 at 6:57 pm #533250
Thanks for keeping us informed Steve. Not a happy ending for the birds and the syndicate but a necessary ending to keep Australia free of a nasty disease.
Lack of money is rather like a nasty ‘disease’!
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