U.S. Plans To Suspend Import Of Dogs From Over 100 Countries, Including Rescued Dogs

On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) announced they will be issuing a temporary ban on the import of dogs from over 100 countries due to rabies concerns.

The suspension, which goes into effect on July 14, will ban the import of dogs from 113 high risk countries including China, Russia, Vietnam, Columbia, Dominican Republic, and dozens more

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“CDC estimates 6% of all dogs imported into the Unites States arrive from countries at high risk for dog rabies. Inadequately vaccinated dogs are not protected against rabies and are a public health threat. Rabies is fatal in both humans and animals, and the importation of even one rabid dog could result in transmission to humans, pets, and wildlife,” states CDC.

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The CDC claims an increase of puppies entering the country with fraudulent rabies vaccination certificates led to the year-long suspension.

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But dog rescues don’t agree with the decision.

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The heroes on the frontlines fighting to save dogs from slaughterhouses and dog meat trade say the upcoming suspension will be detrimental to dogs. “While well intended, this ban is overreaching and will cause more harm than good for millions of domesticated dogs all over the world,” stated the global rescue organization, No Dogs Left Behind (NDLB).

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NDLB agrees that rabies is a serious issue and immediately vaccinate every dog they rescue. Every saved dog is kept up to date on vaccinations and has all the necessary paperwork before heading to its new home.

“We work cooperatively with the USDA to ensure our paperwork is correct and the import permit is issued prior to importing dogs into the United States. These safeguards are in place for the benefit of our survivors, our adopters, and all of the humans and dogs in the countries where our dogs go” said Jacqueline Finnegan, Vice President for NDLB. “There are no shortcuts when it comes to public safety.”

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NDLB believes valid rabies titer tests are a way to ensure the safety of people and dogs without a massive ban. The test will show the adequate immunization of the dog prior to entering the country. This method is used by other countries and a solution to fraudulent vaccination records.

Those in support of the ban say Americans don’t need to look overseas for dogs in need. But all dogs deserve a loving home. “The point of looking oversees for dogs is not to cast our eyes away from domestic dogs here in the US, but instead to rescue dogs from horrific circumstances such as dog meat festivals and slaughterhouses that we are fortunate enough not to have here in the United States,” explains Finnegan.