This is disturbing:
THE PHILIPPINES could start exporting exotic birds to the European Union this year should its members approve the application of local suppliers, an agriculture official said last week.
Florence D. Silvano, chief of the Bureau of Animal Industry’s (BAI) National Veterinary Quarantine Services, told reporters late Friday that the exotic birds may include parrots, cockatoos and conures.
“Our application with the names of exporting firms will be given to member countries for approval. After the approval, the exports can start,” she said, adding that the approval process could take between three and six months.
The BAI received a letter from the European Commission (EC), the executive arm of the union, in December which stated that the Philippines’ application for accreditation for local firms to export birds was found favorable since the country is free of the avian influenza.
Ms. Silvano noted, however, that the EC still required the BAI to submit the names of firms that intend to export the birds and that their applications will need the approval of all 27 EU members.
The accreditation requirement is based on the EC’s Commission Regulation No. 318 of 2007.
For his part, Manuel C. Jardinel, administrative officer of Bird International, Inc., said in the same event that the exports are for zoos and quantity will be regulated. The Philippine cockatoo has been declared an endangered species.—L. D. Desiderio