THIS WEEK IN 1994: Rabies fear over new pet plan

Deborah Flynn with quarantined dog Penny at kennels in Burridge.
Deborah Flynn with quarantined dog Penny at kennels in Burridge.
Liliana Albulescu from Romania, takes a look at a Romania newspaper with Dr Alan Burnett from Portsmouth Polytechnic

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Plans to scrap stringent rabies safeguards prompted horror in Portsmouth.

Experts warned that proposals by MPs could trigger the return of the disease, which killed half of those it infected.

A report from the select committee of agriculture was said to be in favour of ending the six-month quarantine rules and bringing in a vaccination scheme and a pet passport.

Britain had been rabies-free since 1922 and quarantine was a tried and tested method that kept it that way, said Portsmouth south MP David Martin.

The report was said to recommend animals also have a microchip tag inserted in the scruff of their necks which could be checked by scanners.