UK Border Force – Tough On Parrots, Tough On The Causes Of Parrots…

The couple checked whether they needed a CITES permit for Becky but received a categorical assurance from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency that they did not.

But upon arriving in the UK, Becky was seized by Border Force officials who said she did need one.

A CITES permit, which is inexpensive and easy to obtain, cannot be applied for retrospectively so Andrew and David have had to instruct solicitor Philip Day to help get Becky back.

His initial request for Becky to be returned was turned down and they are now appealing this decision.

So, to recap – couple did everything right, except in trusting the State & public sector to be competent?

3 comments for “UK Border Force – Tough On Parrots, Tough On The Causes Of Parrots…

  1. microdave
    November 5, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    It seems that we need to employ the same tactics that most large organisations use – record ALL phone calls “For training and monitoring purposes”. It would also be wise to insist that any advice, such as that provided by the AHVLA, is copied in writing, and from an identifiable source – including name, position & contact details.

  2. subwus
    November 5, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    No surprise at all, not in the slightest.

    Over to Mark Steyn now, back in August he wrote this sentence in one of his articles:

    ‘Why don’t they just put a big sign up on the border? “US Government Paperwork Not Accepted At This US Government Border Post.’

    The full article is titled Piper’s Lament. Well worth a read, and yes, it concerns State bureaucracy and CITES paperwork….. and bagpipes.
    http://www.steynonline.com/6505/piper-lament

  3. November 6, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Simply out of words now.

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