Right now, I live in Japan with my two pet birds. In August, I'll be moving back to OC, where I grew up. However, the USDA has decided that they won't issue an import permit to birds of Japanese origin because of 'avian influenza H5N1.' A disease which even the World Health Organization and the World Organization for Animal Health both agree is not present in Japan, and in fact isn't present for over 1,500 kms from where I'm living.
To make matters worse, one of my cockatiels is handicapped and in need of medical attention I've been unable to find for her in Japan.
Please help me by visiting my website, printing off a letter, and mailing it to the USDA stating your support and asking them to reconsider their decision. And please spread the word. Thank you for your time!