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May 19, 2020

Abraham Introduces Healthy Dog Importation Act

WASHINGTON - On Tuesday, May 19, Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, a veterinarian
and medical doctor, introduced the Healthy Dog Importation Act to ensure that dogs entering the U.S. do not pose a health risk to Americans.

Under current law, the importation of canines is overseen by both the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). These federal agencies estimate that over one million dogs are imported into the U.S. each year. However, only about one percent of those are screened for diseases such as rabies, influenza, hepatitis, distemper, and others. This poses a serious health threat not just to other dogs and household pets, but to our livestock and food supply.

Click here to read the act

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