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Petition to the Government of Canada

  • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will soon prohibit the entry of commercial dogs, which includes adoption and fostering, from specific countries who are deemed at high-risk for rabies;
  • There are over 100 countries listed where these dogs will be prohibited from entering Canada, including Ukraine and Afghanistan., where humanitarian crises are occurring;
  • Animal advocacy groups have said that rescues were not consulted on this plan and it came as a shock. They believe that such a move could shut down their operations;
  • Rabies is preventable thanks to appropriate vaccines that are available. Other policy mechanisms may work better than the proposed ban;
  • It is unclear who the government has consulted with on the impact of this policy on dog rescues, fosters and adoptions;
  • Many Canadians adopt and rescue dogs from overseas. This change could lead to more dogs in shelters or on the street globally; and
  • Keeping Canadians and their pets safe, while also working with rescues and advocates is important.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to work with affected dog rescues and animal rights 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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