Virus scare sees pigeons struck from Wanneroo Show

Virus scare sees pigeons struck from Wanneroo Show

PIGEONS will not feature at this year’s Wanneroo Show following a recent outbreak of a contagious virus.

Wanneroo Agricultural Society president Dot Newton said the committee unanimously agreed in June not to include pigeon entries in the November 25 and 26 show.

“The decision was arrived at following receipt of information provided by the Royal Show due to an outbreak of a virus,” she said.

“Poultry will still be exhibited as they are not affected by this virus.”

The decision follows a similar move by the Royal Agricultural Society of WA regarding the 2016 IGA Royal Show.

The show website said the Australian National Pigeon Association cancelled all pigeon shows for 2016 and recommended a complete lock down.

“The pigeon competition at the 2016 IGA Perth Royal Show has been cancelled,” it said.

“The poultry and waterfowl competitions are unaffected and will still go ahead.

“Hundreds of feathered friends are expected to be exhibited in more than 600 classes.”

RASWA confirmed this week that the decision not to include pigeons still stands, even though pigeon racing restarted this month.