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#66747 - 02/23/05 01:43 PM Shipping Live Birds Please Read
Albert Sanchez Offline
Chicken

Registered: 07/20/02
Posts: 110
Loc: Florida
Subject: FW: postal shipping

There have been some rumors circulating on another shipping
crisis. I thought I should give the information I have as a
director
of the Bird Shippers of America. The directors and our lobbyist,
Steve Boynton, spoke on a conference call this morning.

1) As of February 12th, the USPS will no longer use
American Airlines or US Airways for any mail (including live
animals). This is due to their noncompliance with USPS
regulations.
They were warned in December and their compliance scores continued
to
drop. The USPS made a decision to stop using their services. There
is a possibility they will change to meet the demands of the USPS
but
that will take probably take at least two to six months to implement.

2) Delta Airlines told the USPS that they would no longer
transfer any live animals in the mail effective March 5. They will
continue taking it from point A to point B but they will not
transfer
it to make another flight to point C. They have hired contractors
and will begin dismantling their transfer stations such as those in
Salt Lake City, Cincinnati, Atlanta and Dallas.

The effect of this is that fewer airlines are taking live
animals. The only one with no restrictions is Continental. United
and Delta will carry but will not transfer them. Northwest
continues
to take live animals from Detroit and Minneapolis but charges a
$.80/lb. premium to do this. Northwest takes no other mail. Much
mail goes on FedEx planes but they refuse to take live animals in
the
mail.

What can you do? Go to our website www.birdshippers.org
and join our organization.
Membership has dropped since the last crisis but we will need all
your help to get through this one. Various alternatives are being
studied. If you ship birds and have had problems because of these
recent changes, we need to know about it. You can phone Murray
McMurray Hatchery at 515-832-3280, Ideal Hatchery at 254-697-6677 or
Metzer Farms at 831-679-2355.

Once we have decided on a strategy we will contact you again as we
will need you to contact your congressman in support of our plan.

Thank you very much,
John Metzer
Metzer Farms
www.metzerfarms.com
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Albert Sanchez

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#66748 - 02/25/05 06:22 PM Re: Shipping Live Birds Please Read
Anonymous
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Thanks Albert

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