Planning and preparing for the exportation of captive birds
As captive bird exports all fall under the Balai Directive (with all exporters being required to be approved or registered), all exportations must be compliant with national and EU animal welfare legislation. As an Official Vet, your responsibility for welfare compliance extends for the whole duration of transit, so all aspects of feeding, watering, rest intervals, transit containers, stop-overs and delays in transit are relevant. With all farm animals, the necessary requirements are all documented, but in respect of captive birds, it is generally stated “as relevant/appropriate or necessary”, and it will be for you to determine what is appropriate for this species.
In this article that appeared in the Veterinary Practice, Neil A Forbes details all aspects of preparing the import/export of exotic and captive birds in the UK and Europe.
Neil A Forbes, BVetMed, Cert C&G Zoo Insp, DipECZM(avian), FRCVS, is an RCVS Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife (Avian). He has taught in academia but spent most of his career in private and referral practice. He is past president of ECZM and EBVS.