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Importation of Dogs and Cats



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PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTER FOR HEALTH, DR. A.J. FORBES

IMPORTATION OF DOGS AND CATS

The Minister for Health, Dr. Forbes, said today that an amend­

ment had been made to the ban on the importation of dogs and cats from

the United Kingdom and Ireland. ·

A complete ban was imposed last October following a case of

rabies in England. '

Dr. Forbes said that as from May 1, 1970, dogs and cats which

had been in quarantine in the United Kingdom and Ireland for eight months

immediately before shipment could be imported subject to the usual con­

ditions of health certification and a certificate showing that rabies had

not occurred in the kennels from which the dog or cat was shipped.

However, if further cases of rabies occurred in the United - ­

Kingdom this would be rescinded. ' .

In addition, special conditions had been imposed in case

rabies broke out in the United Kingdom quarantine kennels within three

weeks of the animal leaving them.

If this occurred, a further period of nine months quarantine .

confinement would be imposed on arrival in Australia instead of the '

usual 60 days quarantine.

Dr. Forbes said the British authorities had now increased

their own quarantine period for imported dogs and cats from six to eight

months. This was to cover any cases with an incubation period exceeding

six months and it provided a better safeguard than had previously operate^

• Dr. Forces said that the upsurge of rabies in several countries

further justified the stringent quarantine measures by rabies-free

countries such as Australia.

He said that after the United Kingdom had remained free of

rabies for nine months the general ban would be reviewed.

CANBERRA

January 26, 1970. Departmental Ho. 5