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Quarantine restrictions on importation of pigs, dogs and cats into Australia



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PRESS STATEMENT BY DR. THE HON. D.A.CAMERON., O.B.E., M.P. COMMONWEALTH MINISTER FOR HEALTH, PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA-OCTOBER, 1959.

Dr, Cameron, Commonwealth Minister for Health,

today announced amendments to Quarantine restrictions on the

importation of pigs, dogs and cats into Australia.

Dogs and cats from the Channel Islands may now he

imported into Australia subject to the same health

requirements which apply to imports of dogs and cats from

dr eat Britain. Howeva?, to avoid the risk of bringing

disease from the Continent, dogs and cats from the Channel

Islands must be shipped to Australia from approved ports in

Great Britain.

Relaxation of the restriction on entry of these

dogs and cats has followed only after careful enquiries

which have revealed that there has been no outbreak of

rabies in the Channel Islands in living memory and that

their laws safeguard against introduction of rabies from the

Continent.

For many years quarantine legislation permitted

the importation of pigs from Ireland. But in March, 1958#

it was necessary to bon further imports because of widespread

outbreaks of swine fever in Ireland. Following eradication

of the disease by the authorities in Northern Ireland and the

Republic of Ireland no further outbreaks have occurred during

the last year or so. The prohibition of imports is

therefore no longer considered necessary and amendments have

been made to legislation to permit again imports of pigs

from those countries subject to prescribed health

requirements.

2 9 OCT 1959