No More Licence For Sulphur Crested Cockatoos

A cockatoo is a parrot that is any of the 21 species belonging to the bird family Cacatuidae, the only family in the superfamily Cacatuoidea. Along with the Psittacoidea (true parrots) and the Strigopoidea (large New Zealand parrots), they make up the order Psittaciformes (parrots). The family has a mainly Australasian distribution, ranging from the Philippines and the eastern Indonesian islands of Wallacea to New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Australia.
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Re: No More Licence For Sulphur Crested Cockatoos

Postby Irwan Fahmy » Thu Sep 03, 2009 12:51 am

Yes.. They even taking people who are really in the field.. If before yes they just refer to books or whatsoever but now they have their own task force... :|

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Re: No More Licence For Sulphur Crested Cockatoos

Postby lancelot » Mon Sep 07, 2009 10:46 pm

I am not well educated about Malaysian wild life laws concerning the keeping of birds as pets or for breeding.But in the eighties when I was still there people were buying from the petshops all sorts of birds too..most without licences.I suppose the times have changed but going through this forum over the past years I realise that even at the best of times the wildlife authorities don;t have a clue how this recreational bird keeping thing should be run and sometimes people are also afraid to be taken to court because they are keeping perhaps a licensed bird but without a license.Consider this system we have here.We have two categories of licenses.License class A has a list of all birds one can keep and breed and which are pretty commonly found in the wild and are not endangered species.License class B has a list of all closely endangered species and some rare to very rare species found in the wild.If you keep a class A license,you cannot hold class B birds.License is also cheaper.If you hold a class B licence,you can keep and breed and sell birds from both classes.But for both license holders,you only can sell to another person who also holds the same license otherwise it is an offence and you will be charged.Now every state(7)applies the same system but has some different birds on their list because it is a state matter and being such a big country,some birds are rarer in one state and more in another.There is no limit to the number of birds of each species you are allowed to keep except that every year(april)you have to submit to the wildlife dept in your state your records to show the figures,how many you bred ,died,sold etc etc.They will the issue you with a new book for the next 12 months.You are not allowed to catch or trap species listed in the list just because you think you have a license to keep.The courts are very serious on these matters and fines are very high and even jail terms.
When it comes to exotic species(non natives)it comes under the Federal jurisdiction because it may involve smuggling from overseas.So a list of all exotics available in the country ia available from the offices of the Land and Environment Ministry and no licence is required at all.But you must keep records to show where you got the birds from and to whom you sold to.And id you are holding a species not on the list..you are really in trouble.Even if the species is listed on Cites as common,we may not have it here because there is no importation of birds alloed into Australia,so have to source it out from our own breeders.

Most cockatoos and galahs can be freely bought and sold.No license reqd at all.
Gang Gangs are rare status and class B reqd
Silver eyes class B reqd
Princess parrots/superb parrots class A reqd

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Re: No More Licence For Sulphur Crested Cockatoos

Postby lancelot » Mon Sep 07, 2009 11:01 pm

continued.....
I write this because I feel that Malaysian bird keepers are not getting a fair deal from the authorities and sometimes are carring out their hobbies in fear of an officer comming to their home to check or sometimes having to hide the bird in some corner.This is not right.As an example,the authorities should allow a different class of licence for rare and endangered species and another for commoner species.They can follow Cites listed species if they want to and list a certain figure available to be kept by the keeper for each species instead on one licence per bird.This makes it difficult for the person financially.And the authorities must encourage people to breed the species and work towards stopping importations and heavy fines on smugglers of birds.Everyone wants to keep a cockbird for its song,what about the hens.They too need a cock to continue the specie line in the wild.People have to start to think differently and for the future bird fellows too not only for themselves now(thats selfish)And also theres some pretty commonly available birds that actually do not need a license at all.Time the wildlife authorities also get their house in order and the right people in their place.(This is for all my malaysian bird friend to read and understand so that they can enjoy their hobby with peace of mind without the men in uniform harrassing them)

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Re: No More Licence For Sulphur Crested Cockatoos

Postby birdstud » Tue Sep 08, 2009 12:38 am

the problem here is that they are even refusing to issue licences even if we want to obtain them. You see many of us would want to keep Sch.4 birds but because of the licence issue we shy away. The costs of getting a licence (transfer that is) will most likely be double or more of the asking price for the birds. This leads to the creation of the black market and even fake licences. Why are they so blind?


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