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Transport: Pet Travel

Volume 712: debated on Monday 6 July 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the operation of the Pet Travel Scheme to take account of animal welfare issues and in the light of any risk of the introduction of animal diseases not endemic in the United Kingdom. [HL4520]

Taking your pet abroad is a serious business and should not be undertaken lightly. Pet owners should always consult their vet before they think about taking their pet abroad so that they can get advice about how best to protect its health and welfare when it is travelling.

The Pet Travel Scheme does not lay down specific welfare requirements. However, the Animal Welfare Act (2006) does put a duty of care on pet owners. As part of that duty of care, animals should be given protection from pain, suffering, injury and disease.

Pets travelling under the Pet Travel Scheme are required to be vaccinated against rabies and treated against ticks and tapeworms before they can enter or re-enter the UK. This protects the country against rabies and certain other non-endemic diseases of dogs and cats. These measures are designed to protect public as well as animal health.