Monday, April 11, 2016

Synopsis of meeting with office of Jaala Pulford to resolve restrictions of sale at bird shows, sales and auctions throughout Victoria

On Thursday 7th April Sam Davis (FSA President and CCBFA Vice President), Dr Stacey Gelis (Avian Veterinarian), David Renshaw (President VAC) and Dr Gary Fitt (NFSA Vice President) met with Minister Jaala Pulford's Chief of Staff Megan Berry to present the following paper on behalf of the membership of approximately 195 Victorian Avicultural clubs.

“Bird Shows, Sales and Auctions in Victoria: Frequency, Size, History, Welfare and Legislative Reality”

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Discussion emphasised the lack of welfare issues at the frequent bird shows, sales and auctions held throughout Victoria and nationally for well over 100 years. It was agreed by all present that welfare of birds in our charge is paramount and that The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 is the legislative tool regulating captive bird welfare in Victoria. We presented facts highlighting the fallacy that the contentious Section 96 of the Domestic Animals Act 1994 in any way protects the welfare of birds. Furthermore, lack of evidence to the contrary makes it clear Section 96 was enacted in ignorance of frequent bird shows, sales and auctions.

An undertaking was received from the Chief of Staff that Minister Pulford would respond within weeks to our recommendations to exempt “caged birds” from Section 96. Please note there is no guarantee the response will be in our favour.

The Chief of Staff will report back regarding the possibility of appointing an avian representative to the recently formed Victorian Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (AWAC).

The Chief of Staff reaffirmed the Minister's previous undertaking to review Section 96 of the Domestic Animals Act 1994. This will occur in conjunction with other unrelated amendments to the Act which are currently being considered. At this time there is no consultation planned and no timeline for this undertaking hence the urgent need to exempt “caged birds” in the interim.

Thanks to the Minister’s office, in particular Chief of Staff Megan Berry, for Thursday’s meeting. We look forward to ongoing consultation as we work together to resolve the issue.

My appreciation to all who have contributed to the paper and for the many words of support and encouragement. See you at a sale soon!

Kind regards,

Sam Davis
Finch Society of Australia (FSA) President
Canary and Cage Bird Federation of Australia (CCBFA) Vice President

National Poultry Show 2016

Finch and Aviary Bird Display

National Poultry Show 2016

June 10/11/12 (Long Weekend)

Sydney Showgrounds is the venue for this major promotion of aviculture. Aviary birds have a dedicated pavilion adjoining all the action. The FSA will be there in force with a range of promotional displays, plus our sale table.


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Red Siskin Initiative

Red Siskin Initiative

The Red Siskin is critically endangered in the wild and this initiative aims to determine the reasons and identify a way forward. This will include captive breeding to enable close observation of the species by researchers. At this stage it is unclear if a release program will be appropriate. The FSA is now involved in this program. The research facility will be built in Venezuela. The architect for this facility will be in Australia early February to consult with Mike Fidler over the STGF facility. Later in February the head keeper responsible for the centre once operational will head to Australia. They are particularly interested to learn how we breed Red Siskins in planted aviaries. This is rarely done in other countries. The head keeper will stay with me for a few days so we can tour around various successful Red Siskin aviaries and likely visit other captive breeding programs, namely Orange Bellied Parrot (PRIAM) and Regent Honeyeater (Taronga).


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Sydney FSA Bird Sale and Open Day - December 13th 2015 10:00am

Sydney FSA Bird Sale and Open Day

The sale opens from 10am at the Prairewood Youth Centre hall.  Sellers MUST be an FSA member of one of the FSA branch or affiliate clubs.  Much more than a bird sale.  There will be various displays, trade tables, FSA sales table and draw of our major raffle at midday.  Don't miss this event.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

2015 Major Raffle

Our 2015 major raffle is now selling - click here for details.

1st Prize: Safari Show Cage
2nd Prize: The Finch: Abreeders Companion by Russell Kingston
3rd Prize: Birdland. Leila's recent photographic volume
4th Prize: Markslojd Halo
5th Prize: Cricket Farm (see John Martins video on youtube)

Tickets: $5 each or 5 for $20

Raffle drawn midday 13th of December 2015 at the FSA Bird Sale.  No need to be present at the draw - prizes will be shipped to winners.

December 9th Meeting - Christmas Party

No formal meeting - the party starts at 7:30pm.  All members and their family are welcome to attend and join in the festivities. KFC, pizza, prawns, nibblies and soft drinks provided.  Bring along a prize for the Christmas Raffle.

When: Wednesday December 9th at 7:30pm
Where: Prairiewood Youth Centre
             194-222 Restwell Road Prairiewood NSW

Meeting Presentations

Please find our meeting presentations on our You Tube Channel.

The latest presentations include:

  • Darwin’s Finches, Gouldians, Grassquits How are they linked? - Dr Gary Fitt
  • Breeding Crickets - John Martin
  • Bengalese Mannikins - Jason Holmes
  • Diamond Firetails - Jason Holmes
  • Conservation Genetics of Wild Gouldian Finches - Peri Bolton
  • Finches in Decline. A genetic perspective on the case of the endangered Black-throat Finch