IPS Annual Raffle
The International Parrotlet Society
This Cooperative Breeding Program Agreement is made and entered into on this the ____ day of _____________, 20__, by and among the International Parrotlet Society (IPS) and each individual signing this Agreement.
The purpose of the Cooperative established by this document is to establish and maintain a self-sustaining captive population of __________ parrotlets. Participants agree to manage this population as a collective whole in order to maximize genetic diversity and ensure the species survival, in accordance with guidelines established by the Management Group established herein.
A. This Breeding Cooperative Program shall consist of the International Parrotlet Society (IPS) and those individuals whose application is approved by the Management Group. Participant shall comply at all times with applicable local, state and federal wildlife laws, all the terms and conditions of this agreement, and directives issued by the Management Group.
B. A $50.00 Participation Fee is agreed to by members upon acceptance into the Cooperative as approved by the Management Committee. This participation fee may be waived by the consent of the Management Committee.
C. At this time, all of the birds are privately owned and only current breeders of these birds may participate. Progeny will be distributed as outlined under Progeny below. It is recognized by IPS that privately owned and CBP owned will be managed differently under this Program.
Parrotlet Cooperative Breeding Program Participants are responsible for, maintaining and work with the parrotlets owned by the IPS' CBP Program. Progeny are divided between the Cooperative and the breeder as outlined under Progeny below. CBP Participants must be active members in the International Parrotlet Society.
D. Breeders may be approved by the Management Group and complete an application , but may not necessarily have birds. When Breeders obtain a pair of birds, they may become Participants provided they are members of IPS.
F. The Studbook Keeper is the person responsible for maintaining and publishing of the studbook(s) which record the bloodlines of all birds in the program. The studbook keeper may recommend certain pairings of birds to maintain genetic diversity to the Management Group but does not have the final decision. Separate studbooks will be kept for each subspecies. The population(s) will be managed in a manner that prevents hybridization of subspecies and inbreeding. The Studbook Keeper will provide current information to the CBP Participants and Management Group regularly.
G. An Advisory Board will help Participants by providing suggestions and guidance regarding maintenance, diet, nesting, rearing, etc. Members will be added according to the guidelines set forth under the Management Plan.
H. The Management Group initially will consist of the Participants of CBP and Advisory Group. The IPS Board of Directors will oversee the Management Group. The Management Group will oversee the CBP with duties including, but not limited to, determining eligibility of Participants, approving distribution of CBP birds to or between Participants, approving breeding loans of CBP owned birds, overseeing the studbook, communication of news or other information, and reporting problems to the IPS Board of Directors if needed. The Management Group will also be responsible for the distribution and reporting of the annual questionnaire to all Participants and distributing that information. The Management Group will keep the confidentiality of the Participants and will not disclose information about individual Participants and/or their birds.
J. The IPS Board of Directors has authority of the Management Group to resolve disputes. Any Management Group expulsion of a Participant must be approved by a majority vote of the Board.
3. Breeding and Progeny
A. All CBP owned birds shall be paired as directed by the Management Group to maintain genetic diversity. Each breeder shall extend full cooperation in the breeding effort, including but not limited to transferring birds to and from his/her facility as directed by the Management Group. Failure to follow the Management Group directives are grounds for removal from not only this but all IPS CBPs the Participant is a Participant in.
B. Offspring from CBP owned birds shall be divided between the CBP and the Participant as follows: Progeny of a CBP owned pair will be divided with all the offspring except one per clutch remaining with the CBP. The Participant shall have the pick of one chick per clutch that will then become a privately owned bird of the Participant. Exchanges of birds with the same Participant may be conducted by the Management Group as needs arise, usually for sexual reasons (male / female) or to strengthen bloodlines.
C. Progeny of pairs where one parent is a CBP owned and one parent is Participant owned will be divided equally between the CBP and the Participant. The first, third and fifth, etc., offspring will remain with the CBP. The second, fourth and sixth offspring become property of the Participant. Exchanges of birds with the same Participant may be conducted by the Management Group as needs arise.
D. Privately owned birds will be offered for sale and/or trade to other CBP Participants prior to sale to the general public. The Participant has the ultimate decision over the sale or transfer of their privately owned birds including price and buyer. It is hoped as the numbers of birds increase, that Participants will donate two unrelated birds per year to the CBP. Participants may perform any legal transactions with their own birds. This agreement may be modified upon agreement of the Participant and the Management Group.
F. Imported birds. Birds imported under the CBP will be managed according to the rules and regulations of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and in accordance the the provisions of the Wild Bird Conservation Act of 1992. Imported birds would not be allowed to be sold outside of the breeding cooperative Participants. Offspring would be offered for sale to Participants for sale or trade before the general public.
4. Identification, Records and Transfers
A. Progeny of all Participants shall be banded. The bands are provided by the Participant and are of appropriate size for the bird. The Participant may obtain bands from the source of choice. Closed bands are preferred, although open bands may be utilized. Any Participant who is found by the Management Group of falsifying banding records will be removed from the Cooperative. All Participants shall have their band codes registered with IPS.
B. CBP owned birds (breeders or progeny) should be transferred only with the permission of or by the direction of the Management Group.
C. Participant owned surplus progeny should first be offered for sale to other Participants or the CBP before being made available on the open market. The Participant has the final decision as to the disposition of privately owned offspring.
D. CBP owned surplus progeny, as determined by the Management Group, may be distributed to CBP Participants, distributed outside the CBP or retained by the CBP for future use. Surplus determination shall be based on factors relevant to the long-term goals of the Management Plan.
E. All Participants shall keep records as required by the Management Group. This shall include, but not be restricted to, data required by the studbook, and provide for a report of hatches, deaths and transfers. Additionally, a questionnaire will be distributed periodically to determine successful husbandry and methodology so this information may be distributed within or without the CBP. The Management Group shall endeavor to ensure record keeping requirements are adequate but not burdensome.
F. Each Participant agrees to keep required records and make them available to the Management Group, or a designee of the Management Group. Each Participant will be given a number and will submit information by code in order to maintain confidentiality. If the Participant has CBP owned birds, that they agree to open his/her facility for reasonable inspection at the request of the Management Group under the guidelines set forth above.
G. Moralities of any birds participating in the CBP will be reported to the Management Group immediately. If the cause of death is not certain, a licensed veterinarian will perform a necropsy. The information will be reported to the Management Group.
H. Illnesses of any birds participating in the CBP will be diagnosed and treated as prescribed by a licensed veterinarian. The illness and treatment data will be made available to the Management Group.
5. General Provisions
A. EXPENSES - Each Participant shall be responsible for the costs of feeding, breeding and maintaining birds participating in the CBP in their possession. The Participant will also be responsible for any veterinary services and treatment incurred by a bird participating in the CBP in their possession.
B. PARTICIPANT WITHDRAWAL AND REMOVAL -
1). Any Participant may withdraw upon a written thirty (30) day notice to the Management Group.
2). The Management Group may remove Participants for the following, but not limited to, reasons:
Removal of any Participant by the Management Group, will be approved by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.
In the event of withdrawal or removal, CBP owned birds held by the ex-Participant shall be delivered immediately to the CBP or location directed by the Management Group. Additionally all records and information will be rendered to the Management Group.
3). Any Participant may be removed from their position by a majority vote of the Management Group subject to approval by the Board of Directors.
C. MANAGEMENT GROUP WITHDRAWAL AND REMOVAL -
1). Any Management Group participant may withdraw upon a written thirty (30) day notice to the Management Group and the IPS Board of Directors..
2). Any Participant, Studbook Keeper or person comprising the Management Group may be removed from their position by a majority vote of the IPS Board of Directors for the following, but not limited to, reasons:
D. STUDBOOK KEEPER WITHDRAWAL AND REMOVAL -
1). The Studbook Keeper may withdraw upon a written thirty (30) day notice to the Management Group.
2). The Management Group may remove the Studbook Keeper for the following, but not limited to, reasons:
In the event of withdrawal or removal, all studbook records and information held by the ex-Studbook Keeper shall be delivered immediately to the Management Group.
3). The Studbook Keeper may be removed from their position by a majority vote of the IPS Board of Directors.
E. The Management Group will report unresolved problems to the Board of Directors.
F. DISPUTES - Disputes of any nature must be reported in writing to the Management Group. The Management Group will endeavor to resolve the dispute in the best interests of the CBP program and all Participants involved. The Management Group will inform the IPS Board of Directors of disputes that cannot be resolved. The Management Group may defer the dispute to the IPS Board of Directors for resolution. The Management Group will defer the dispute to the IPS Board of Directors if the dispute concerns the Management Group or a member of the Management Group. The resolution by the Management Group may be appealed in writing to the IPS Board of Directors for consideration.
G. INDEMNIFICATION - Each Participant shall indemnify and hold harmless the IPS, CBP, CBP Management Group and each Participant from any claims, damages, costs and liability of any kind which may arise from the keeping, handling, management, transportation or breeding of the birds participating in the cooperative.
H. ASSIGNMENT - No party may assign its rights or secure the assumption of its obligations under this agreement, nor transfer, relocate, pledge, move or otherwise encumber any CBP owned bird without prior written consent from the Management Group.
I. AGREEMENT - This agreement constitutes the entire agreement of the parties with respect to the CBP, superseding all prior representations, agreements or understandings.
J. MODIFICATION - No modification of this agreement shall be effective without the affirmative vote of at least three-quarters (3/4) of the Participants and being consistent with the purpose of this agreement. In the event of modifications, all Participants will receive the new terms of agreement.
K. EXECUTION - This agreement shall be executed by Participants under a Memorandum of Participation, all of which shall be construed as one agreement among all such signatories.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused the Agreement to be executed on this the _____ day of _________________, 20__.