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ACT Government takes up pigeon jabbing

By johnboy - 16 July 2012 9

Territory and Municipal Services have raised our eyebrows by announcing they’re paying for two stage pigeon immunisation:

“A strain of Avian Paramyxovirus not previously reported in Australia has been detected in a number of hobby pigeon flocks in Victoria and New South Wales,” Chief Veterinary Officer, Will Andrew, said today. “In an effort to protect pigeons in the ACT, a government funded vaccination program will be implemented this month.

“The vaccination program requires two shots, four weeks apart, followed by an annual booster. Volunteers from Canberra Racing Pigeon Combine will work with us to implement the program. The ACT Government will pay for the first two vaccines with the follow up annual booster and subsequent vaccines to be sourced through private vets at the owner’s expense.

“The first vaccination will be held on Saturday 28 July 2012 from 9 am to 12 pm at Athllon Depot in Farrer, registration is required. The ACT Government will keep a record of all birds vaccinated for disease epidemiology purposes.”

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ACT Government takes up pigeon jabbing
Jivrashia 1:07 pm 17 Jul 12

bikhet said :

Do we know that it’s currently limited to hobby flocks? If it’s in the wild already your argument falls apart.

Wow, hold it tiger. And everyone else.

Let’s get some fact straight.

Influenza in birds is a threat to humans, because of their (usually) highly pathogenic nature.
Those flu, combined with a human influenza from the owner of these pigeon, can mutate in to something that can become a pandemic.

Treating them before it has a chance to become a real threat to the human population is what this taxpayer funded vaccination is all about.

However, while we’re at it can we please also vaccinate the crap out of the pigeon owners?

colourful sydney rac 12:18 pm 17 Jul 12

Demosthenes said :

Um is this a joke?? I can understand tax payers funding protection of NATIVE wildlife, but non native?? Aren’t feral pigeons a huge pest?? Magpies / Cockatoos sure… but this? Yay, more that I have to fork out for that I never agreed to.. And the government cries poor.. go figure.. What people keep as pets is their choice, but not our responsibility to fund?

Because Avian Paramyxovirus does not concern itself with the boundaries between native and introduced species…

Demosthenes 11:40 am 17 Jul 12

Um is this a joke?? I can understand tax payers funding protection of NATIVE wildlife, but non native?? Aren’t feral pigeons a huge pest?? Magpies / Cockatoos sure… but this? Yay, more that I have to fork out for that I never agreed to.. And the government cries poor.. go figure.. What people keep as pets is their choice, but not our responsibility to fund?

HenryBG 6:53 pm 16 Jul 12

Starrie said :

HenryBG said :

Yes, why am I paying for this?

*you* want to keep pigeons, *you* pay the vet bills.

It can be passed on to the wild population and passed to humans, so it easier to vaccinate the tame population than to ensure no humans have any contact with the wild population.

Or should it be: *you* want to walk through the city, *you* pay the eradication, vet and doctor’s bills

“It can be passed on to humans”. Yeah, I think I saw the same movie you did – only I realised it was science fiction, and you thought it was a documentary.

And how do you think it gets into the tame pigeons? *From* humans, I suppose?

bikhet 6:05 pm 16 Jul 12

Starrie said :

It can be passed on to the wild population and passed to humans, so it easier to vaccinate the tame population than to ensure no humans have any contact with the wild population.

Or should it be: *you* want to walk through the city, *you* pay the eradication, vet and doctor’s bills

Do we know that it’s currently limited to hobby flocks? If it’s in the wild already your argument falls apart.

Starrie 2:49 pm 16 Jul 12

HenryBG said :

Yes, why am I paying for this?

*you* want to keep pigeons, *you* pay the vet bills.

It can be passed on to the wild population and passed to humans, so it easier to vaccinate the tame population than to ensure no humans have any contact with the wild population.

Or should it be: *you* want to walk through the city, *you* pay the eradication, vet and doctor’s bills

54-11 2:30 pm 16 Jul 12

Agreed also. What a crazy waste of money at a time our government is crying poor. Really bad judgement, here, TAMS.

HenryBG 1:37 pm 16 Jul 12

Yes, why am I paying for this?

*you* want to keep pigeons, *you* pay the vet bills.

bikhet 12:12 pm 16 Jul 12

Jeez, if people want to keep winged rats that’s up to them. I do, though, strongly object to paying for vaccinating them. Has this government decided that the budget had a surplus all of a sudden?

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