About the IF

The mission of this organization is to promote pigeon breeding, training, racing and exhibition, to Instruct and assist novices, organize districts or clubs and impart information to promote the sport perfecting through organization a closer association of pigeon fanciers for their protection and For the development of good fellowship throughout the globe among them. 

Furthermore, this organization is dedicated to the humane treatment of the animals around which we have formed a common bond. 

The primary objectives of the I.F. are: 

A) To plan and execute programs designed to advance the IF and the sport. 

B) To maintain a policy of Home Rule. 

C) To form local affiliates (Clubs, Combines, Concourses, Centers, etc.) through which the affairs of the IF and its members will be transacted. 

D) Issue/sell official registered leg bands. 

E) To encourage national, state, and local legislation which may be beneficial to the sport, the IF, and its members, and to provide as much legal aid to its members as possible. 

F) To maintain a limited financial surplus sufficient to protect the IF against times of emergency and to assure its continued operation and perpetuation.

What the IF Does for You

1. Every November the International Federation has it's own convention. Attended in large numbers. People attend this convention that are not even members of the International Federation because of the fellowship. There are seminars, loft visits, young bird races, awards banquet, bird auctions, friendship renewals, as well as plenty of activities for the children and wives. 

2. The International Federation publishes a SkyTalk magazine yearly for our members. This magazine is full of advertisements for supplies, and supporters of the organization. Complete Band listings as well as award applications, award winners, interviews of I.F. members, and articles from clubs and members. 

3. The International Federation supports a Scholarship Fund. An award is given to the winners of a scholarship essay for first, second and third place. The Scholarship is available to members or members' families to assist them with their secondary education. 

4. The International Federation has legal defense funds available for members used primarily for fighting zoning ordinances. 

5. The International Federation has its own awards program. Trophies are presented at the convention banquet. Recipients are recognized for their outstanding accomplishments in a national pigeon publication. 

6. The International Federation has a web page that is updated regularly, the news page will give our members information that is current and relates to our sport. 

7. The International Federation has Club and Individual bands available to the membership at close to cost plus shipping. 

8. The International Federation has its own legal staff, as well as an attorney that is a member of the Board of Directors. 

9. The International Federation employs its own secretary to assure business continuity. 

10. The International Federation provides its members easy access to its officers, awards and Constitution and By- Laws chairmen. 

11. The International Federation is closely associated with Bird Shippers of America whose primary purpose is to protect the right to ship live birds, of various types, through the United States Postal Service and hire a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. who actively leads us through the complicated scheme of our country's politics in trying to succeed in our mission to ship our pigeons. 

12. The International Federation has a HELP-A-BEGINNER COORDINATOR who will assist new people into the sport of Racing. 

13. The IF has literature for promotional and beginner programs for our membership.  

14. The International Federation has a Junior membership available to any under the age of 18. 

15. The International Federation believes in Home Rule and this give clubs local control of their guidelines for racing in their clubs. The mission of this organization is to promote pigeon breeding, training, racing and exhibition, to Instruct and assist novices, organize districts or clubs and impart info. To promote the sport perfecting through organization a closer association of pigeon fanciers for their protection and For the development of good fellowship throughout the globe among them. Furthermore, this organization is dedicated to the humane treatment of the animals around which we have formed a common bond. 

The International Federation has serviced its members since 1881. We urge all pigeon enthusiasts who race, show, or just enjoy the keeping of pigeons to join the International Federation and experience the fellowship of our organization. 
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