The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) temporary suspension on the importation of dogs from 113 high-risk countries went into effect on July 14th. This arbitrary determination impacts dogs around the world and will have a devastating impact on the operations of legitimate rescues around the world who are working tirelessly to help save dogs from extreme cruelty, neglect, and slaughter.
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Please read our Press Release regarding the Congressional Call to Reevaluate the Dog Importation Ban here.
Please see the press release by Animal Wellness Action on Congressional Call to Lift the Dog Importation Ban here.
Please read our Press Release about the CDC’s suspension here.
Please sign our petition regarding the CDC’s suspension here.
Please see the press release by Animal Wellness Action about the success in its legislative efforts to address this suspension, available here.
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Rochelle Walensky: Phone: (404) 639 7000 Email: [email protected] with a copy to [email protected]
Ashley C. Altenburger: Phone: (404) 639 4585 Email: [email protected] with a copy to [email protected]
Dr. Emily Pieracci: Phone: (404) 718 4757 Email: [email protected] with a copy to [email protected]
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Please reach out to your elected representatives and the CDC, please use this language (or similar language) to express your concern about their decision to ban the import of dogs from over 100 countries. Any conversations, whether written or oral, must be respectful and constructive.
I am reaching out to express my concern about the CDC’s temporary suspension on the importation of dogs from 113 high-risk countries. While I understand and appreciate the CDC’s concern for public safety when it comes to rabies, there are more narrowly tailored ways to (1) achieve the CDC’s stated goal of protecting public safety, and (2) ensure the safety of the dogs who have been denied entry into the United States.
International rescues have the same goals as the CDC and can work with the CDC to find solutions that will ensure that the dogs who they have rescued and rehabilitated come into the United States have appropriate documentation of their age, vaccination status, and proof of rabies immunity BEFORE they board a flight to the United States. Working collaboratively with those in the rescue industry would allow the CDC to achieve its stated goal of ensuring public safety without causing international rescues to cease lifesaving rescue missions to save dogs all over the world.
Please work to find other, more equitable, ways to achieve the CDC’s goals without harming dogs who desperately need our help. It can be done; it must be done.
Thank you for your time and consideration of my request.