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Rabies: Disease Control

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he has taken to prevent incidents of rabies in the UK; and if he will make a statement. (201258)

Under the Rabies (Importation of Dogs, Cats and Other Mammals) Order 1974 (as amended) all dogs, cats and many other mammals must be licensed into quarantine for six months on arrival in the United Kingdom.

The only exception to those that would normally require quarantine is for dogs, cats and ferrets that enter under the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) rules, or when animals enter the UK as commercially traded animals where they have to comply with other strict requirements.