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Standard Dog Breeder Code of Ethics
To promote the highest ideals among dog owners and breeders and aim for the continuous improvement of the breed within the framework of the approved breed standard, we pledge that:
1. I will follow the rules of good sportsmanship which will be a credit to the breed, the club and myself in all dog competition and activities.
2. I will fully explain to all prospective dog purchasers the advantages as well as the disadvantages of owning the breed.
3. I will attempt to help and educate novice exhibitors and owners.
4. I will keep well informed in the field of genetics and work to eliminate hereditary defects from the breed.
5. I will, before entering a breeding agreement or doing any breeding of my own dogs, carefully analyze the conformation and pedigrees of the prospective sire and dam. I shall refuse the mating if, in my opinion, it will not be in the best interest of the breed. If I deny stud service, I will fully explain my reasons to the owner of the adult breeding female.
6. I will participate in a program of having my breeding dogs examined by qualified and licensed veterinarians to eliminate common genetic defects from my bloodlines.
7. When a dog has hereditary faults of such nature as to make his or her use for breeding detrimental to the furtherance of the breed, that dog shall not be bred.
8. I will refuse to sell my dogs or puppies to anyone who has been convicted of cruelty to animals.
9. I shall provide my breeding adults and puppies with the very best veterinary care.
10. I shall administer the optimum feeding program utilizing premium dog foods recommended by my veterinarian
11. I shall administer the daily socialization and exercise program as developed by my veterinarian for my adult dogs and puppies.
12. I shall continue to show my breeding dogs in ACA sanctioned dog shows.
CFA Cat Breeder Code of Ethics
As a breeder who uses the services of the world’s largest registry of pedigreed cats, I understand I have certain responsibilities to pedigreed cats and to the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA).
1. I am aware that I am representative of CFA breeders in my community.
2. I will breed my cats with the intent of improving the breed and to produce healthy, happy kittens.
3. I will deal honestly with the purchasers of my kittens and cats.
4. To the best of my knowledge and ability I will not, without prior disclosure, sell any kitten/cat that is sick or has been exposed to an infectious disease.
5. I will not sell or place kittens prior to their attaining a proper level of immunity against common infectious diseases.
6. I will place cats directly to the new pet owner or in a manner that will enable contact with the ultimate owner to provide on-going education and advice.
7. I will strive to house my cats in a manner exceeding the CFA Minimum Cattery Standard.
8. I will ensure my cats are kept in a healthy environment and I will ensure they receive the proper veterinary care as needed.
9. I will maintain appropriate cattery records and will correctly register litters and cats.
10. I will work honestly with my fellow breeders and provide timely and correct litter registration information to those who use my cats for breeding.
11. I will mentor new breeders to ensure they have a solid information foundation.
Good Horse Breeder Code of Ethics
AQHA Professional Horsemen Code of Ethics
We, the members of the American Quarter Horse Association of Professional Horsemen in carrying out our role of providing service to the American Quarter Horse industry, recognize the need to do so in a professional manner, and to deal with the public and our colleagues with the highest degree of integrity. Therefore, we have set forth the following creed which shall govern our endeavors to fulfill our obligations:
1. To adhere to the professional standards of the American Quarter Horse Association and to work to further its goals and objectives.
2. To ensure that the welfare of the American Quarter Horse is paramount and that every American Quarter Horse shall at all times be treated humanely and with dignity, respect and compassion.
3. To abide by stringent rules established and enforced by AQHA demanding that American Quarter Horse breeders, owners, trainers, exhibitors, show officials, judges and professional horsemen are continually responsible for the well-being and humane treatment of any American Quarter Horse entrusted to their care. These rules include, but are not limited to, prohibited training practices, prohibited surgical procedure, prohibited chemical administration, or prohibited devices that could affect a horse's performance or alter the horse's natural conformation. Such rules further include compliance of all medication policies.
4. To conduct all business affairs with integrity, sincerity and accuracy in an open and forthright manner.
5. To act with integrity in financial dealings with clients, other professionals and the public. In this regard, any horse shown by my spouse, client or child will be owned as prescribed by applicable rules.
6. To fully disclose to customers the actual sales price and commissions involved in the sale or purchase of a horse.
7. To not charge or receive a monetary commission, or other remuneration constituting a commission from both the buyer and seller of a horse.
8. To handle our business, operations and communications (including those through social media) in a manner that promotes the positive image of the American Quarter Horse industry.
9. To instill confidence among clients and the public in the American Quarter Horse industry, avoiding any action conducive to discrediting it or membership in the American Quarter Horse Association.
10. To show respect, courtesy, and decency towards fellow AQHA Professional Horsemen at all times by upholding the highest standards of professional ethics and mutual civility regardless of circumstances.
11. To create a supportive culture that builds and maintains a collaborative relationship with all AQHA Professional Horsemen.
Parrot Bird Breeder Code of Ethics
In achieving its goal as set out in the Constitution of the Parrot Breeders Association in protecting the rights of its members to breed and market their parrots, to provide guidelines in keeping, taking care of, housing and dealing in parrots and to work in association with National and International Organizations that affects the rights of its members the following Code of Practice is hereby implemented for all its members.
In addition to the Code of Practice a recommended Good Code of Conduct is also introduced as set out in Part II hereof.
2 Purpose of the Code of Practice:
The aim of this code of practice is:
2.1 To set minimum standards for Parrot Breeders in providing in the needs of parrots in respect of the following fields:
Main needs associated with domestication
2.2 To set standards that will be Internationally acceptable for providing healthy parrots to domestic and international markets.
3 Main needs associated with domestication:
Parrot behavior will be considered in the interaction between humans and parrots and when parrots are sold to persons with little knowledge in this field all reasonable steps will be taken to inform the person of the behavior of parrots and all needs of the parrot. This will ensure a successful relation between owner and animal and the safety and quality of life for the parrot.
With due regard to the Cites list of Endangered Species the public will be discouraged from keeping parrots that are endangered as pets. All members will, as far as practically possible, refrain from crossbreeding parrot species and special effort will be taken to successfully breed endangered species. Members will refrain from breeding with animals that are related to each other.
Nutritional requirements of species will be taken into account when formulating the diet of parrots. A varied diet will be provided that can include seeds but will not consist of a seed only diet. Fresh fruit and vegetables will be provided on a regular basis. Water and food bowls will be kept clean and water will be replaced daily.
4 Facility needs:
Parrots will be housed in clean and suitable aviaries that are protected against draughts, extremes of weather, predators and rodents. Aviaries will be constructed of impervious material that can be washed and sterilized. At least two wooden perches will be provided that will be placed as not to interfere with free flight. Aviaries will be a minimum of 600mm wide but not less than twice the wingspan of the parrots housed in it. The length will be sufficient for the specie to fly freely and exercise in the aviary. Overcrowding of aviaries will be avoided and breeding parrots will be kept separate to avoid fighting accept where parrots breed in flocks in nature. Suitable divisions will be placed between breeding parrots in close proximity to avoid fighting. Sufficient bait stations must be places around aviaries for rodents.
Equipment to safely catch and handle parrots will be kept. The frequency and duration of handling of parrots that are not pets will be reduced to the minimum to avoid stress. Staff should have access to disinfectants and hand washing facilities before and after handling of parrots. Pinioning of wings is to be avoided at all cost. Wings are to be cut with the same number of flight feathers on each wing only when necessary.
Suitable nesting boxes must be provided. The size and construction of the box must be suitable for the specie. If parrots are aggressive more that one exit should be provided for the female to escape from an aggressive male. If more than one pair of birds can safely be kept in an aviary more nest boxes will be provided than the number of pairs. Closed identification rings should be placed on young offspring of the diameter as prescribed by PASA, the year, breeders code and a unique number must appear on the rings. Parrots to be exported may have the code: “ZA-0” on the ring.
A certificate by PASA should be used to reflect the sex of parrots that was determined by DNS samples.
5 Environmental needs:
Birds will be monitored on a daily basis for signs of disease and a sick bird will immediately be isolated and treated for the ailment. Possible symptoms of ill health to be observed include:
Changes in appearance and consistency of droppings.
Changes in food or water consumption.
Changes in attitude or behaviour.
Changes in appearance or posture.
Changes in weight.
Enlargements or swelling.
Vomiting, injury or bleeding.
Discharge from nostrils, eyes or beak.
Excessive loss of feathers.
Overgrown beak or nails.
In preventing disease outbreaks the following steps are to be taken:
5.1.1. Keep the Aviaries and equipment clean:
Remove all litter and weeds from the aviaries and surrounding area.
Thoroughly clean concrete floors, aviary wire and walls with disinfectant.
Clean and disinfect water and food bowls regularly.
Reduce shelter for vermin and rats in the area around the aviaries.
Keep bird rooms under quarantine conditions.
Keep bird rooms well ventilated.
5.1.2 Avoid contact between aviary birds and wild birds:
Prevent contact by restricting access to open ponds.
Water bowls should be situated under roofs where the droppings of birds flying overhead cannot reach it.
Discourage wild birds from nesting or perching near the aviaries.
5.1.3 Provide clean water and food:
Store all feed in airtight containers and prevent vermin contamination
Ensure water supplies are chlorinated or from a microbiogically clean borehole.
Provide fresh food and discard all unused food daily.
5.1.4 Limit visitors to the aviaries:
Restrict access to aviaries and bird rooms.
Provide disinfectant for hands at entrance.
If quarantine facilities are used restrict access to workers and Veterinary Officials
Designated workers should have access to the aviaries and other designated workers should have access to the bird rooms.
5.1.5 Quarantine new birds:
Separate and quarantine new birds for at least 30 days .
Source birds from reputable dealers or breeders.
Inspect new birds and make sure all birds are healthy.
Birds in Quarantine should be fed last and workers should disinfect themselves before entering the aviaries.
5.1.6 Post mortems on birds:
All birds that die under unknown circumstances to be subjected to post mortem.
5.1.7 Monitoring of wild birds:
All wild birds in and around area of aviaries to be monitored for unnatural deaths. All unnatural deaths in large numbers to be reported to the Director, Animal Health, Department of Agriculture, as a matter of urgency.
All members will adhere to and comply with all provisions of the Animal Diseases Act, no 35 of 1984. In particular Section 11 of the Act that provide that any owner of animals will with due observance of the provisions of the Act, take all reasonable steps to prevent the infection of an animal with any disease or parasite and the spreading thereof from the relevant land or animals. All controlled diseases will immediately be reported to the secretary of PASA and to the Director, Animal Health in terms of the Act.
All members must, as far as possible, make use of a qualified veterinarian for treating sick parrots and must have a program for treatment and prevention of disease and parasites.
Parrots will be transported in suitable new or disinfected boxes. Parrots that are known for aggression will be transported separately. The size of the boxes will be so as to allow the parrot free room to turn but small enough to avoid attempted flight and injury. The boxes will have adequate ventilation and one side will have wire mesh. The ventilation holes will be small enough so that the head of the parrot cannot protrude. Birds will be protected from extremes of cold and heat during transportation. Birds that are transported for more than 3 hours will be provided with water or water carrying fruit or vegetables. Parrots will not be booked in for a flight longer than 4 hours before the flight. Containers that are transported by public transport must be marked “live birds” on at least two sides of the container.
If permits are required for transport or keeping of parrots same will be obtained.
Parrots must have access to sunshine. Parrots that are kept in shade such as African Greys for breeding will have access to sunny aviaries for at least 6 weeks per year. Water for bathing or sprayers must be provided. A variety of food will be provided. Parrots that are kept separately as pets will be provided with toys to avoid boredom. Parrots will be kept in as natural surroundings as possible. The environment of the parrots will be enriched where possible.
6 Activity needs:
Parrots in aviaries will have free flight. The perches will be placed as far forward and back so that the flight area is as long as possible. Parrots will not be kept in show cages or auction cages for more than 48 hours.
Parrots as pets will be taught basic training like the step up or down command.
Breeding parrots will be subject to a fixed schedule of feeding and daily routine.
Parrots are social animals and should have interaction with humans where possible as well as other members of their specie. Parrots that are hand reared must be sold after they are weaned and must be socialized with other parrots.
Good Code of Conduct
The following Good Code of Conduct is strongly recommended to members:
Keeping of records:
An accurate record should be kept of the following:
Visitors to the aviaries
Date and origin of birds bought.
Eggs and offspring including ring numbers.
Symptoms off any disease and medicine administered.
Detail of buyers of birds.
Health records of breeding stock and offspring to be safeguarded for 10 years.
Unnatural deaths of wild birds in large numbers.
Provide clean disinfected over coats and boots to visitors.