Manda­tory pet quar­an­tine may be cut

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

China could be about to scrap its manda­tory quar­an­tine pe­riod for “low risk” pets en­ter­ing the coun­try, a top govern­ment agency has re­vealed.

Cats and dogs from overseas must spend at least seven days at an in­spec­tion fa­cil­ity to un­dergo ex­ten­sive tests for ra­bies and other con­di­tions that could cause an epi­demic.

How­ever, an­i­mals deemed low risk could in fu­ture be re­leased af­ter pass­ing a sim­ple test at the port of en­try, the Gen­eral Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Qual­ity Su­per­vi­sion, In­spec­tion and Quar­an­tine has told China Daily. It means in­stead of wait­ing a week, own­ers could be re­united with their pets within an hour of ar­rival.

The pro­posed change comes as China is see­ing a grow­ing num­ber of pets ar­riv­ing from overseas. Ac­cord­ing to the ad­min­is­tra­tion, about 8,000 pets — only cats and dogs are al­lowed to be car­ried into China as pets — were brought in be­tween Jan­uary and Novem­ber. The ma­jor source coun­tries in­cluded the United States, Canada, Italy, Rus­sia, Ja­pan and South Korea.

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This nearly 12-foot-high rooster made from but­ter and weigh­ing 330 pounds marks the up­com­ing Chi­nese Lu­nar New Year. It took 22 days to make the rooster in Shenyang city, North­east China’s Liaon­ing prov­ince. China ush­ers in the year of the rooster ac­cord­ing to the Chi­nese zo­diac, where each year is re­lated to one of 12 an­i­mal signs.

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