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Come fly with us!
Thank you for visiting our website. We are honoured that you have taken the time to check us out. We are a union dedicated to promoting the sport of racing pigeons. Are you interested in finding out how you can be a part of this great sport. We can help you get started by linking you with a local club within your community. Do you enjoy taking care of animals? Do you enjoy friendly competition? Do you want a hobby that the whole family can take part in? This could be just the hobby for you. Pigeons are one of the most underrated species. Some interesting facts are:
- The stock markets of the world used racing pigeons until 1966 to get the news of the day trading from one city to another.
- Today racing pigeons are used in humanitarian efforts to fly blood out of the deepest jungles in Africa to be tested for the aids virus.
- That Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II alongside her love for horses and corgi dogs she also races pigeons from the Royal Lofts at Sandringham.
- That racing pigeons have been known to fly 700 miles in a single day.
- That many major world armies still retain their racing pigeon flocks.
If any of these have triggered an interest, please do not hesitate to contact us and we would be glad to assist in helping you to begin. Our members are the best and they would love to share this great sport with you. Keep your eyes on the skies!
AVIAN FLU UPDATE ONTARIO
The CRPU has been contacted by OMAFRA in regards to the outbreak within the Oxford/Waterloo area. We are working with them to make sure we abide by the rules that the CFIA has enforced in regards to racing pigeon and the avian flu. Although, we as racers do not consider the racing pigeon as poultry, this is a different story with the CFIA. The pigeon is classified under poultry and far as they are concerned we need to abide by the same laws set out by the department. Anyone in the zone must NOT move birds out of area or into area, no sales or shows, also no pigeons can loft fly, train or race. All birds in the zone must be kept within the confine of the coop. When the all clear is given for this area, we will post this on the website.
We have received a recommendation from the OMAFRA (Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs) asking the pigeon fanciers in Ontario to refrain from shows, sales, training, as well as racing until the quarantine is lifted. This is precautionary recommendation as they feel we could be promoting the spread of the flu from the feathers and the feet of the pigeon. As this is a recommendation, we are asking that all pigeon fanciers, please use your own discretion. We will be monitoring this everyday as new information becomes available.
Please make sure that everyone is extra vigilant at this time with their birds. The ministry states that the migratory birds are the ones at this time bringing the avian flu to this area. Please make sure that you do not accept any birds from the quarantined zone and watch for any sickness within your own loft. The address for information in regards to this matter is available at http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/poultry/smallflock.html.
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