New Zealand Dog News

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April 30, 2011

Fur flies over MAF bid to rejig cat, dog imports

Importers who want to bring pet cats and dogs into New Zealand have challenged biosecurity officials trying to toughen up the import health standards for pets coming from Britain, while reducing quarantine requirements for pets coming from other parts of the world.

The new standard proposed to be introduced this month for cats and dogs being brought to New Zealand "will not be issued as anticipated because there has been a request for independent review", the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) said today.

New Zealanders and immigrants import about 2000 cats and 3100 dogs annually from about 40 countries, most of them from Australia (60 percent), Britain (23 percent) and the United States (8 percent). MORE>>

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