FOR ALL RINGNECK BREEDERS
The following is a summary from an article in the PASA magazine (Focus), March 2019 edition. This article contains important information about Ringneck Parakeets that all owners and breeders need to take note of. You can download Focus from the PASA website.
“Chapter 7 of the National Biodiversity Act, 2004 (act 10 of 2004, as amended), to be read together with the Alien and Invasive Species Regulations, 2014 (Bio-diversity act 2014, as amended)”
As we all (should) know, PASA put a lot of effort into the public participation process regarding the above Act. Their efforts were rewarded and they were issued with a Permit (Permit Number 5069265679) to have Ringneck Parakeets in their possession. (Sometimes called Rose-ringed Parakeet or by its scientific name – Psittacula Krameri.)
About the Ringneck Parakeet Permit
To summarize, this permit basically grants permission to the permit holder to keep/breed/sell and transport Ringnecks Parakeets. But only if the breeder abides by the stipulated conditions. All of these conditions are available on the PASA website.
Inspections and Reports
For this reason, PASA has the responsibility to make sure that its members’ aviaries are regularly inspected. Officials from Affiliated clubs do the inspections at your premises. An Inspection Report of your Ringneck facilities is then sent through to the PASA office.
Thereafter PASA will send an Exemption Certificate to that member for the keeping/ breeding/ transporting and selling of Ringnecks. As is to be expected, there are certain requirements that need to be adhered to. PASA cannot accomplish this without the assistance and support of each certificate holder.
All the information received at their office need to be compiled and then submitted as a report to the DEA (Department of Environmental Affairs) annually. Please appreciate the amount of work this report involves for the office staff. Various aspects of Ringneck keeping and breeding has to be reported – for every Certificate holder!
Also, it is important to keep proper records of your Ringneck Parakeets, so please don’t forget about the record-keeping of each individual bird. (This will be covered in another article.)
Our club’s combined annual report must be submitted to PASA offices by end of March each year. Information to be included is for a yearly period, example 1 March 2017 – 1 March 2018.
To date, the following information is included in the report:
- Breeder’s name
- Permit Number
- Address where aviaries are kept
- Amount of :
- cages (as per the inspection report submitted previous year)
- current cages (if different from previous then a new inspection report need to be submitted)
- breeding pairs
- birds bred (since previous report)
- purchased birds (since previous report)
- birds sold (since previous report)
- Total stock on hand for future breeding
Other information needed for the report includes:
- the amount of birds bought from non-permit holders
- You also need to specify who your birds were sold to, the amount sold to:
- non-permit holders
- pet shops
To me, the most important Ringneck Parakeets Information for us as owners/breeders, is this (emphasis mine):
“…if we as PASA members do not meet the conditions of the Permit, DEA is entitled to retract the permit AT ANY TIME they deem fit or opt to not renew the permit.”
The current permit PASA holds will expire on 17 October 2021
Thus it is EXTREMELY important that we Ringneck Parakeet owners/breeders and Exemption Certificate Holders work with PASA. We need to support their efforts to continuously meet all the conditions of this Permit.
After all, everything mentioned here is for our benefit, and Ringneck keeping and breeding in the whole of South Africa.