Dog rescue organizations in Canada hope the federal government will have a change of heart Ban street dogs from more than 100 countries.
In June, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced that commercial dogs — dogs intended for resale, adoption, adoption, breeding, display and research — that are at risk of contracting rabies will be banned from entering Canada from Wednesday, September 28, regardless . From the date of issuance of import permits.
The government’s website states that rabies is a viral disease that attacks the central nervous system of mammals, including humans. The association said rabies kills 59,000 people each year in countries affected by the ban, including Afghanistan, Ukraine and mainland China.
“It’s very frustrating,” said Lindy Listar, co-founder of Municipal Dog Rescue of Ontario. The London group, Ont, is working with a lifeguard in Cairo and has relocated about 30 dogs to the area.
They are a bit fearful, so they need a little more care, love and training, but they are wonderful dogs.– Lindy Listar, co-founder of Baladi Dog Rescue of Ontario
“We have some very close friends in Egypt who are out on the streets every single day and see the horrors these dogs have to go through,” Listar said.
“She’s going out of her house and there are 10 or 20 dogs poisoned in the street, and she feels very helpless,” she said, referring to one of the horrific ways street dogs are generally treated.
Most of the regions affected by the ban are in Africa (including Egypt), Central and South America, Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.
“It doesn’t make sense,” Listar said of the Canadian ban.
Listar said dogs in Egypt are given vaccinations – including against rabies – their blood is tested for diseases, and they are sterilized or neutered before a trip to Canada, adding that there is also a requirement for a test to assess a dog’s immunity. rabies before leaving Egypt.
She has her own Egyptian dog, a blond short-haired, pointed-eared pet named Louise, said Listar.
“They are loyal dogs. They are protective. They are very intelligent.”
CBC News contacted CFIA and had not received a response at press time.
In July, the agency said Canada had no active cases of “canine rabies,” a different strain of rabies commonly found in wildlife such as skunks, foxes, raccoons and bats. However, she noted that in 2021, rabies dogs were imported into Canada, leading Public Health Canada (PHAC) and regional public health authorities to ask the CFIA to take action to address risks from imported dogs.
Former President of the Veterinarians Association says ban is necessary
Rabies in dogs has become a growing concern in Canada since the United States implemented a similar ban last year, prompting some rescue groups to redirect their efforts to send more dogs to Canada, Louis Quants, former president of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, told the Canadian press. . .
“We always knew the danger was there,” Quants said. “But when you’re actually in your own country, that theoretical risk becomes a real and present risk.”
While the CFIA’s position may sound harsh, Kwantes said it believes it is justified given the risks that canine rabies and other infectious diseases endemic to other countries pose to humans and dogs in Canada.
Two cases of rabies in dogs imported from Iran — one of the banned countries — have been confirmed in Ontario since July 2021, according to the province’s Department of Agriculture and Food.
Ontario officials said both dogs received rabies vaccinations not licensed in Canada prior to their arrival. A total of 49 people who had contact with dogs received post-exposure rabies prophylaxis, a type of treatment estimated to cost about $2,000 per person.
These cases illustrate the danger posed by even a single case of canine rabies making its way into the country, Quants said. While dogs are routinely vaccinated against rabies, most Canadians are not, he said. Given their close relationship, he said, the canine variant is a cause for concern.
Quants said many of the embargoed states do not have strong veterinary regulations, which raises concerns about fake vaccine certificates or inadequate vaccination.
Treating dogs ‘break your heart’
Before the government ban that began on Wednesday, Fidaa El-Keblawy returned from London, Ont., with nine dogs from Egypt after a two-month stay in the capital.
“I’m an animal lover, and this breaks your heart, and there are a lot of them.
“It’s sad,” she said. “It’s surprising and shocking at times.” “There is a lot of poverty. [People] We have so many other problems to deal with, a dog suffering on the street is not a priority.”
Keblawi visited Cairo for the first time in 2020 on a business trip, and the dogs on the city streets took her so much that she came back several times to bring the dogs back with her. She works with Baladi Dog Rescue and through fundraising, she pays dogs’ medical bills, paperwork and trips.
Cableway said dogs are only allowed to leave the country after the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture checks them and signs the papers.
“Most of the ones we pick have had a really hard time – they’ve been either neglected or chained to the ceiling and starved,” she said. “Those who have had difficult stories, those who we feel need the most love, those who have experienced the worst of it, we try to bring them in to give them a better life.
“I think Canada will change this [the ban] Perhaps with some stricter laws when dogs enter the country.”
Rescuers called for better regulations, including quarantines, vet checks and behavioral assessments, to ensure the safety of both the dogs and the families who will put them down.