- Governments of UK & Ireland
Amend the Pet Travel scheme rules between UK & Ireland
This is Rex, he died from a reaction to the Rabies Vaccination because the Pet Travel Scheme rules are strictly being applied between two countries that do not have indigenous rabies & haven't had rabies within living memory. They also have a common border between Northern Ireland & Ireland to which the Pet Travel scheme also applies. There is no danger of rabies being present in dogs travelling from Ireland to the UK.
Rex was a rescued collie who had a new life & forever home waiting for him in the UK, something which was denied him
The UK has been Rabies free since 1902 & Ireland since 1903.
However in 2013 it has been decided by both governments to strictly apply the Pet Travel Scheme requirement for ALL dogs(& cats)travelling between the two countries to have a valid "Pet Passport"including a current Rabies Vaccination. What makes this so rediculous is that these dogs are exempt from having to have the tapeworm(Echinococcus granulosus)treatment as both countries are tapeworm(Echinococcus granulosus)
Both Governments could have opted to apply for the following:
The new regulation includes the option of a derogation to allow pets under 12 weeks that have not been vaccinated, or pets between 12 and 16 weeks who have been vaccinated but have not yet completed the 21 day waiting period, to enter any country operating the derogation. The UK is not planning to exercise this derogation.
A second derogation would allow all pets to travel between countries that have been granted the derogation, based on a joint application to the Commission, without vaccination against rabies. The pets would still have to be microchipped and accompanied by a pet passport.