Did you know that approximately 3,100 dogs are imported into New Zealand per year?
New immigrants bring their dogs into the country; breeders also import dogs to add to their bloodlines, and individuals import dogs as pets or show dogs.
MAF had to put changes to dog importation rules on hold last month because there was an application for an independent review. Proposed changes that are now on hold include introduction of a quarantine for dogs coming from Britain and the Irish Republic (currently these dogs are allowed into the country without quarantine as long as they have lived 6 months in these areas).
Read about the conflict over MAF’s intention to change the rules in this Otago Daily Times article.
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand