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“NAIA commends representatives Schrader and Johnson for taking measures to protect animal and public health,” said Patti Strand, founder and president of NAIA. “
– Patti Strand, NAIA President
PORTLAND, OR, UNITED STATES, June 29, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – Today, the National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA) welcomed the bipartisan reintroduction of the Healthy Dog Importation Act.
The law, introduced by Reps Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and Dusty Johnson (R-SD), establishes healthy health and vaccination requirements for all dogs imported into the United States.
Currently, no single federal agency has primary oversight over the importation of dogs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) all have some powers depending on the import circumstances. This fragmented system has placed the US at risk of introduction and transmission of zoonotic diseases from countries where dangerous pathogens are endemic.
“NAIA commends representatives Schrader and Johnson for taking measures to protect animal and public health,” said Patti Strand, founder and president of NAIA.
“Last week the CDC suspended dog imports from more than 100 countries as more and more rabid dogs entered the country, many with fake rabies vaccination certificates. Still, the scope is limited to 6% of the more than one million dogs imported annually and does not take into account the potential spread of other dangerous pathogens and pests, including canine flu, leptospirosis, melioidosis, canine brucellosis, leishmaniasis, onchocerciasis and screwworm.
The Healthy Dog Importation Act would ensure that all dogs imported from overseas are healthy and free of disease and parasites prior to entering the United States.
National Alliance for Animal Interests (NAIA)
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