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Importing dogs from more than 100 countries to be banned in Canada

CTV News: 'The agency announced it will prohibit the entry of commercial dogs from countries it considers at high-risk for canine rabies beginning on Sept. 28, which is World Rabies Day. The agency says the ban is necessary to reduce the risk of dog rabies entering Canada, and defines "commercial dogs" as dogs for resale, adoption, fostering, breeding, show or exhibition, research and other purposes.

'"Canada does not currently have any active cases of dog rabies, a strain that is different than the rabies typically found in wildlife...However in 2021, dogs were imported into Canada with this disease," the agency explained in a notice published on June 28. "The importation of even one rabid dog could result in transmission to humans, pets and wildlife." Countries named by CFIA as high-risk include Ukraine and Afghanistan, which have been heavily impacted by wars; and Philippines and China, where dogs are at risk of being sold into the meat trade.'

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