The Kennel Club (KC) has welcomed Defra’s proposed changes to the EU Pet Travel Scheme.
Under the proposals, the principal elements of the pet travel scheme for animals entering and leaving the UK would remain the same.
These depend on where the pet owner is travelling from, but include mandatory microchipping, vaccination against rabies, blood tests, pet passport and treatment against tapeworm.
New regulation would introduce a new pet passport, veterinary record keeping and checks on intra-EU movements.
Caroline Kisko, KC secretary, said: “We believe these changes will improve enforcement and increase compliance, while helping prevent illegal activity. We are also wholly supportive of the exemption applied to the transport of dogs when attending an event or competition.
“However, the Kennel Club remains concerned to what extent these changes will be effective in tackling the current problems surrounding illegal imports. The checks on the Pet Travel Scheme will only work if individuals declare themselves as transporting animals.
“Within this framework of conducting checks, there will be a significant limitation on the effectiveness of enforcement carried out by carriers, regardless of how strict the pet travel rules may be, which the Kennel Club remains concerned about.”
The deadline to respond to the consultation is September 14. For details, visit https://consult.defra.gov.uk/animal-health-and-welfare/changes-to-the-eu-pet-travel-scheme.