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Pauline Martin
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 21, 2010 1:42 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

The EU wants to harmonise the regulations for all pets travelling between member states and abandom controls on rabies, ticks ad tapeworms. Britain at present has an additional agreement that there must be a 6 month period from the successful immunisation before a pet can enter the UK. There has been debate that this should be reduced to 3 months as is the present rule across EU states. However, the EU now proposes to remove even this control. It says the diseases are now rare and pose little threat. Yet this is against the advice of the World Health Organisation. It says all pets should be microchipped, vaccinated against rabies and tested at a minimum of 3 months before shipment to confirm they are not at risk of passing on the infection. There are still cases of rabies in northern Italy and in many eastern European states. The British Veterinary Association and DEFRA have opposed the EU plans. The Pets Passport works well. I for one think the proposed change is reckless as the UK is rabies free and we should ensure it remains so. Whether the 6 months quarantine could be reduce to 3 months is another matter. Wink

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