More on the CDC ban on importing Egyptian dogs

More on the CDC ban on importing Egyptian dogs

Temporary ban was due to multiple dogs being imported with rabies

By: Patti Strand  Date: 05/13/2019 Category: | Canine Issues |

Last Friday, May 10th, the CDC issued a temporary ban on importing dogs into the United States from Egypt.

The importation of multiple rabid dogs was the reason cited for this change in policy. Canine rabies, which was eliminated in the U.S. in 2007 could be re-introduced through just one dog -- a tragic and easily avoidable health and financial disaster.

In addition to the threat of re-introducing rabies, there are major welfare issues at play for the dogs that are being imported, as well as numerous temperament and non-rabies-related health problems.

This issue has been evolving for nearly 20 years, and during that time NAIA has been working with various groups and agencies to document its development and find ways of solving it. We are gratified that government agencies are taking effective steps to help prevent irresponsible (and illegal) dog importation practices. Stand by for more good news on this issue in the coming months...

Finally, we would be remiss if we did not repeat this common-sense advice on acquiring dogs:

The CDC and animal advocacy groups say members of the public should research breeders and ask to visit facilities or see inspection reports, even though the full records are not publicly available online. CDC says that adopting from credible animal shelters in the U.S. also helps decrease demand for puppies sold through fraudulent operations.

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Patti Strand - NAIA President
Patti is a recognized expert and consultant on contemporary animal issues, most notably responsible dog ownership and the animal rights movement. She often appears on radio and television and her articles on canine issues, animal welfare, public policy and animal rights have appeared in major US news publications and in trade, professional and scientific journals. Patti and her…

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