Skip to comments.Britain on Brink of RABIES Outbreak as Disease Sweeps Through 'Lax' EU
Posted on 10/31/2013 9:29:04 PM PDT by nickcarraway
THE safety of the EUs controversial pet passport scheme has been seriously questioned after two rabies-infected puppies from eastern Europe were found less than 200 miles from Britain.
The latest cases, in Holland, increase the pressure on the Government to urgently review British quarantine laws, which were voluntarily relaxed and brought in line with EU regulations to save pet owners about £7million in kennel fees.
Campaigners believe it is only a matter of time before pets carrying rabies are smuggled into Britain from countries where the disease is on the rise.
They are urging ministers to wake up to the danger, saying the Dutch case is far too close for comfort.
The four-month-old puppies were brought to the Netherlands from Bulgaria on October 5.
They were from the same litter and had appeared to be travelling with the correct paperwork.
Both had also been microchipped, as per the EUs rules.
One was found in Zaandam, a town just outside the Dutch capital Amsterdam, and the other was in Rotterdam, some 50 miles south.
They both began displaying symptoms of rabies on October 10 and were put down eight days later.
Earlier this month the Express Online revealed growing concern from the Dog's Trust over the chances of rabies reaching the UK thanks to the relaxed quarantine rules and the influx of pets from eastern Europe.
The issue was then covered by the BBC Radio 5 Live Investigates programme last week.
The EUs rules mean puppies coming into the UK no longer have to be blood tested and wait six months following a rabies vaccination.
Instead, pet owners now only have to produce a document to show their animals have had the vaccine.
Demand for designer pets in western European countries has triggered a rise in puppy farms in the east of the continent.
Another fiiiiiine example of how the UK is leading the West into the abyss of death, destruction, and disease.
Nuke the island from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.
Fluke rabies, howsabout an article or two...or a hundred or a thousand...on the self-caused epidemic of AIDS and other STD’s?
Opening scene of World War Z...
The worst national law in human history, not excepting Obamacare, for depriving citizens of their God-given liberties going back to the Magna Carta, was the abolition of fox hunting in England. There are already leftist MPs roasting in hell for that tyrannical law. May the heat only be increased.
Free Trade...it works /sarc
EU and other Free Trade groups finding another way to wreck your nation
Borders, language, culture.