A bipartisan U.S. Senate bill calls for more oversight of imported dogs

A bipartisan U.S. Senate bill calls for more oversight of imported dogs

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Two U.S. senators reintroduced a bill last week to tighten oversight on dogs imported into the United States. Reports say that two U.S. senators have reintroduced legislation to tighten oversight of dogs imported into the United States. RadioIowa.

The bill, which is appropriately named the Healthy Dog Importation Act (or the Healthy Dog Importation Act), was co-written and sponsored by Senator Chuck Grassley (R.Iowa) as well as Tina Smith (D.Minn.). Importantly, the bill seeks to “keep a closer eye on the million-plus dogs” imported every year. Interestingly, Senator Grassley says being vigilant on biosecurity is a high priority for his state’s livestock producers. It should also be an important issue for pet owners, according to Senator Grassley.

What Does the Bill Do

The bill also requires that all dogs entering the country must have a certificate from their veterinarian. Whether it’s a show dog or a rescue, the bill aims to put a vital barrier against infectious diseases including influenza And canine distemper virus.

 According to a release from Senator Smith’s website, the bill would provide the Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (USDA-APHIS) program with tools to monitor and safeguard imported dogs’ health.

Encouragingly, Senator Smith said, “Dogs can be kept healthy by preventing the spread foreign diseases to other dogs. It can also help prevent illnesses and disease outbreaks in people”.

Imported Dogs Need to Be Healthy in order to be able to get into their homes.

The bill has strong bipartisan support and is supported by several prominent names in the pet industry. Specifically, DVM360 named The American Veterinary Medical Association, the Pet Food Institute, and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture among the bill’s supporters.

Not surprisingly, the American Kennel Club was not yet established at its inception. welcomed The bill. Sheila Goffe, Vice President of AKC Government Relations said, “The Healthy Dog Importation Act brings U.S. standards into line…and demonstrates U.S. commitment to responsible care and healthy environments for dogs  — and those who love them”.

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