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HR 669 - Your Action is Needed!
We have received information regarding proposed HR 669 and are encouraging members to voice opposition. HR 669 bans import, export, transport, breeding, sale or barter of ALL nonnative species unless they are placed on an Approved List established by the USFWS (US Fish & Wildlife Service). Reptiles, small pet mammals, ornamental aquarium fish, and many pet birds are nonnative species. As such, they would be considered illegal under this act. Any company manufacturing or selling product for these pet species would be affected by this act. HR 669 was introduced by Del Madeleine Bordallo of
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Transporting Pigeons
We have been made aware that some states may require health certificates when transporting across state lines. The AU encourages members to work toward compliance. Please contact your State Department of Food and Agriculture or your State Vet to determine what the requirements are in your location.
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AU Clock Off Challenge-West vs. South
Get ready for a unique competition for 2008! Members in AU Pacific and Mountain Zone states and members from the AU Southwest Zone states go head to head on a clock crusade for AU junior members. Clock donors are asked to contact their respective Zone Director to make arrangements for clock pick up. Texas Center members are asked to bring or send their donations to the Texas Center Convention. Zone Directors will establish the location and quantity of clocks that will be ready for Captain AU, the illustrious AU President, Steve Lawler. Captain AU will gather
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Pacific Zone Meetings Scheduled - December 2007
Two zone meetings will be held in Arizona and members in the Pacific Zone are encouraged to attend.

AU Pacific Zone Director, Bill Barger, and AU Executive Director, Karen Clifton, will be on hand to discuss AU programs, promotion efforts, and lobbying activities.

The first meeting will be held in Tucson, on Sunday, January 27, 2008, at the Quincie Douglas Branch Library (1585 E 36th Street, Tucson, AZ 520-791-5214). The meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m.

The second meeting will be held in Phoenix, on Monday, January 28, 2008, at the Holiday Inn Express (1313 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338, 623-535-1313),
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USPS Shipping Update - May 17, 2007
The following is an update provided by the AU Lobbyist/Lawyer, Greg Smith.

We have heard from many AU members that shipping has improved dramatically since USPS signed contracts with FedEx. We appreciate your patience as we worked with the USPS, FedEx and the Bird Shippers of America to make sure your needs were represented. The result has been very positive for most shippers, but where members are still having problems with shipping we are continuing our efforts.

The USPS has distributed a new bulletin regarding shipment of live birds (http://www.usps.com/cpim/ftp/bulletin/2007/html/pb22205/updt.6.1.html). This directive specifically refers to the type
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SHIPPING UPDATE-September 18, 2006
As previously reported, the USPS has indicated that they have negotiated a contract with Federal Express. That contract will require them to carry lives as mail. The AU has been communicating with USPS representatives in Washington DC to help address some issues Federal Express was concerned with. Most of those issues have been resolved.

The AU lobbyist, Greg, will be attending several meetings in the next few weeks to help continue finalizing other details and working with the USPS to ensure this is a smooth transition and one that works for members shipping pigeons. We
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SHIPPING UPDATE/Improvements-August 25, 2006
The AU has continued efforts to work with the United States Postal Service (USPS) to ease shipping restraints for members. We have reported the progress of S. 2395 and asked recently for your assistance writing Senators and elected officials to support the proposed legislation, which would require all air carriers that have contracts with the USPS to carry lives as mail. We appreciate your help. Every indication is that this legislative effort highly motivated the carriers to come to the table and reach an agreement with the USPS.

We have also reported that the USPS facilitated communication between
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The information below was prepared by the AU Lobbyist, Greg Smith.  Please read this and act now.  Your help will be critical to preserve shipping of  pigeons.


Federal Legislation To Address Shipping Crisis Introduced, but Moving Slowly.  As you know from prior updates, legislation has been introduced in the
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Shipping Update - March 9, 2006

The AU, along with other hobbyist and interest groups, has continued to voice our concerns to the USPS about the lack of shipping options available to members. 

As a result, the USPS has distributed a new directive to their employees emphasizing that all possible routing options should be considered for lives.  Please view the policy, please go to (HERE).

Shippers are asked to contact the Expedited Services Offices (ESO) to prearrange shipping.  The USPS personnel at these facilities will be able to advise where to take the shipments for routing and the schedules available.  This new directive stresses making every effort to accept and ship lives, including ground
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Shipping Incident Report
We are aware that some members are experiencing difficulty shipping via the USPS. In some cases, shipments may be legitimately refused. There are a number of things that may contribute to that:

* Airlines have consolidated many flights so there are fewer available on which to ship, and * Some airlines are indicating they won't take live animals if a transfer is involved.

If you experience problems, it will be helpful if you fill out the report  http://www.pigeon.org/shipping_incident.php , so we can provide that information to our national contact to determine if proper procedure is being followed. This
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