I’ve been informed that the original news agency report, that was picked up by the main stream press, got some of the facts surround this story a little muddled. This blog post has been modified to reflect the corrections starting to appear from the main stream press. As part of the update, we’d like to point out the originally quoted BBC news article still needs to be modified (as of the 24th May) and instead point you over to the Daily Mail updated story and Guardian article that starts with a correction.
What the f&*k! It would appear we have individuals that brings street dogs from Sri Lanka to the UK. It is bizarre that UK import regulation allows this in the first place when Sri Lanka is a known hotspot for Rabies. Turns out that one of the latest batch of puppies from that very country had Rabies and may have infected three people involved in its care.
One of the individuals involved in this incident also runs a UK charity setup to help animals out in Sri Lanka. It should be made clear that the charity, Animal SOS Sri Lanka, wasn’t involved in this particular case as was reported by the main stream press and picked up by myself and the blogsphere at the time.
Now back to the main points of the blog post that were kicked off by reading the original news reports and remain substantively in their original form regardless of who may or may not have brought the infected animal into the UK….
Some important questions I’d like to see answered of those individual who feel the need to import stray dogs:
1. Don’t we have enough dogs looking for homes already in the UK?
2. Why import more from a country that is known to be a Rabies hotspot?
3. Don’t we put down enough dogs in the UK every day because we can’t rehome them?
4. Are the dogs flown into the UK thereby contributing to global warming?
The saving grace behind this story is the UK’s system to keep Rabies out of Britain appears to work a treat. Kudos to the people who thought up our quarantine controls.
Now it is fingers crossed time for the three workers that they don’t go all foamy mouthed and start snarling at passing cars!
[tags]Animal SOS Sri Lanka, BBC, charity, dog, puppy, rabid, Rabies, Sri Lanka[/tags]