The Kennel Club, the largest organisation dedicated to dog
welfare in the UK, has welcomed the Department for Environment,
Food and Rural Affairs' (Defra) proposed changes to the EU Pet
Travel Scheme, but remains concerned about their long term
Under the proposals, the principle elements of the pet travel
scheme for pets entering and leaving the UK would remain the same.
These will depend where the pet owner is travelling from, but
include mandatory microchipping, vaccination against rabies, blood
tests, pet passport and treatment against tapeworm.
The new Regulation would introduce a number of changes to the EU
pet travel rules, including the introduction of a new pet passport,
veterinary record keeping and checks on intra-EU movements, as well
as introducing an exemption to the rules on the number of pets
allowed to travel for people travelling to attend a show,
competition or event.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "The Kennel Club
believes that these changes will improve enforcement and increase
compliance, whilst helping prevent illegal activity. We are also
wholly supportive for the exemption applied to the transport of
dogs when attending an event or competition.
"However, the Kennel Club remains concerned to what extent these
changes will be effective in tackling the current problems
surrounding illegal imports. The checks on the Pet Travel Scheme
will only work if individuals declare themselves as transporting
animals. Within this framework of conducting checks, there will be
a significant limitation on the effectiveness of enforcement
carried out by carriers, regardless of how strict the pet travel
rules may be, which the Kennel Club remains concerned about."
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