Animal Justice Files Regulatory Complaint Over Canada’s Rescue Dog Import Ban

Canada has now banned the import of rescued dogs from over 100 countries, including some of the world’s most vulnerable regions.

Working with dog rescue groups, Animal Justice has filed a regulatory complaint with the Complaints and Appeals Office of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). We’re asking the CFIA to rescind the blanket ban. 

The government has said the ban is necessary to prevent the spread of dog rabies, even though no other Western countries have a similar ban and instead have adopted science-based rabies prevention measures like vaccinations and antibody tests. Canada should rescind the ban, and adopt measures that will effectively protect against the spread of rabies without condemning dogs overseas.

If you haven’t already, please sign the official Parliamentary e-petition, calling on the government to work with affected dog rescues and animal advocates to ensure government policy on dog importations keeps Canadians safe, without increasing the number of animals in shelters or on the streets globally. 

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