It is expected that the draft will be ready around 1. February 2014, and come into force on 29. December 2014.
The Norwegian veterinary authorities were in meeting with SCoFCAH (Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health) in Brussels 7 – 8. November, and announced that the new law severely will restrict the transport of stray dogs in Europe.
This is the information from the Norwegian veterinary authorities: The commercial regulations will be interpreted in the same way as in Norway. This means that people must be registered and approved as importers to take dogs in foster and rehome them. (In Norway people are rejected when they try to register as importers of dogs from Romania.) Transport of dogs from Romania and Bulgaria will be subjected to the same strict regulations as the transport of dogs from third countries. This involves 120 days quarantine and serological test to determine antibody levels following rabies vaccine. Stray dogs will not be defined as pets, they will be regarded as “wild”. What this will mean in terms of the new law, is uncertain. There is also a suggestion that only dogs bred by an owner will meet the requirements of the new law. The intention is to make it extremely difficult to transport stray dogs across the borders in Europe. We can only hope that this will not be the final version of the law, but anyway it is important to pass on the information to people, groups and organisations, and send input to SCoFCAH – so our voices also may have a chance to be heard. Please act quickly!
Originally posted by Jenny Rolness on Facebook