EU News: France “Imposes Rules” That May Destroy UK Sport | United Kingdom | New
British pigeon fanciers lost the privilege of free movement on December 31 when the UK left the transition period of Brexit and the EU single market and customs union. Since the implementation of the new strict measures, which came into effect after a short period of transition, transport as well as obtaining the necessary health certificates have become almost impossible for avid British pigeon fanciers.
The rules mean pigeons cannot be transported to France without several health certificates and a 21-day quarantine.
Ian Evans, CEO of the Royal Pigeon Association, told Express.co.uk: âI think the EU is exaggerating in terms of the risk associated with carrier pigeons.
âPrevious EU regulations have in fact exempted these activities from any animal health requirements when moving from another country to the EU, as they recognized that the risk of spreading disease is almost impossible.
According to Evans, every British carrier pigeon is vaccinated against Newcastle disease every year and the risk of influenza spreading among birds is minimal.
He says the EU demands a lot of “unnecessary documents” that make it impossible to run on the continent.
The Royal Pigeon Association has raised questions as to why the regulations are in place, but they have yet to be answered.
Mr Evans said: âI don’t know why the regulations are in place.
âThe EU introduced these new regulations on April 21 this year.
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He said: âThis kind of historic activity has been taken away from them for no real reason. It has the potential to be catastrophic for our sport.
“Unless we can get delegations and find exemptions from these rules, I think you will see a lot of people walk away from this sport.”
Mr Evans said his organization had had numerous correspondence with the EU’s director general for health.
But he said no official response had yet been written to the concerns.
Evans said: “What we hope is that common sense will prevail and maybe the French will see fit and let us in for a few weeks towards the end of the season.
âBut the long-term goal is to get long-term regulatory changes.
âIf we don’t get anything by April of next year, there will be a significant number of people leaving the sport.
âSo time is against us. “
The European Union has been contacted by Express.co.uk for comment.