Dog French to avoid EU red tape, vets urge owners:
Dog owner Nick Petre paid 100 euros for a Belgian pet passport for his pug, Pippa, effectively giving him dual citizenship
Pet owners have been urged to return their French dogs and cats by giving them a European pet passport, after backlogs and bureaucracy caused delays for vets in the UK.
Since Brexit, owners who want to take their pets to the EU have to pay a veterinarian to fill out a complex nine-page form.
Vets have reported that the document takes up to an hour to complete and charge owners up to £ 200 for the service.
The passport must be renewed each time dogs, cats or ferrets travel to the EU and completed within ten days of travel.
But a loophole in the system means animals evaluated by a veterinarian in the EU can be issued a passport from the block, allowing them to travel multiple times at no additional cost.
Veterinarians have advised owners to obtain EU citizenship for their pets vacationing in France or the Republic of Ireland this year, which will make the process easier on future visits.
Animals do not need to live in the EU red tape permanently, which makes the UK version of the system redundant.
“You don’t even have to have an address or anything, in this country,” an industry source said.
“It’s kind of a parody of it all.”
The British Veterinary Association has warned that bureaucracy in the UK, which is EU-mandated, has caused chaos in surgeries which have already been strained by ‘pingemia’ and an increase in the number of drug owners. pets during the Covid lockdown.
Many turned away the owners when asked to fill out the passport form, and some who filled it out in a hurry and forgot to sign each page had the owners turned back at the border on a trip.
“Veterinary practices are already under enormous pressure”
BVA Senior Vice President Daniella Dos Santos said: “The new post-Brexit certificates and travel requirements are a significant change from the old pet passport system and will therefore take more time. time to complete and will cost more.
“BVA lobbied the government to simplify red tape, but the rules are set by the EU, so there is little we can do to make the process less cumbersome.
“Veterinary practices are already under a huge workload and routine appointments are made well in advance.
“Unfortunately, this means that some practices have made the difficult decision to stop offering pet travel certification appointments in order to prioritize animal health and welfare cases.”
Nick Freeman, who has made a name for himself as a lawyer famous as “Mr. Loophole” defending footballers for driving offenses, has previously warned that veterinarians and pet owners have been affected by the EU bureaucracy.
The government is pushing the EU to move Britain to a different risk category, so owners can reuse their pet passports year after year.
A spokeswoman for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said the UK had “one of the most stringent pet control regimes in Europe and among the standards of highest biosecurity in the world ”.
“Our advice to pet owners and service dog users traveling now is that they should contact their veterinarian at least a month in advance to make sure their pet has the correct vaccines and proper documentation. travel abroad, ”the spokesperson said.