Foreign controls threaten pet passports

24 January 2000

Foreign controls threaten pet passports

BRITAINS planned “pet passport” scheme has been thrown into disarray by foreign governments demanding extra controls.

Some countries, including France, Spain and Italy, are asking for export certificates. Others are insisting on an import permit, while some countries require a separate rabies vaccine certificate.

The 100-year-old anti-rabies laws are to be scrapped on several routes from 28 February in a pilot scheme involving 22 countries.

Vets have warned that rabies could be brought into Britain because passports for pets criteria are less stringent than livestock export restrictions.

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