Two Essex MPs have called for changes to quarantine laws after a search and rescue dog was locked up on its return from an earthquake zone.Wait, what…?
Darcy, who could find survivors in the aftermath of a UK terrorist attack, was impounded for six months on Thursday after returning from Indonesia.
She is the only search and rescue dog with Essex fire service.So if a rescue dog is needed in Essex tomorrow, tough luck!
Colchester MP Bob Russell and Angela Smith, MP for Basildon, have called on the government to review the law.Good luck with that, but this shouldn’t have arisen…
Mr Russell has tabled a motion calling for rescue dogs to be exempt from "antiquated" quarantine laws, while Ms Smith has promised to take up Darcy's case with Defra, the Government department responsible for quarantine laws.
Chief Fire Officer for Essex, David Johnson, said Darcy would be able to put the same skills to use in the aftermath of any terrorist attack in the UK.Questions could be asked, Mr Johnson, why (knowing this) you agreed to send a UK resource out of the country in the first place?
"The Government invested hundreds of thousands of pounds in creating a search and rescue capability in Essex to serve the region if terrorists attack.
"But at the same time they let a vital part of this resource be locked away for six months."
I’m all for compassion but it should never, ever be at the expense of our own needs.
And it’s not just one dog affected:
One other UK rescue dog, one of two available to the fire service in Kent, is also in quarantine following its return from Indonesia.So now the nearest county to Essex has had its resources halved?
This is utter madness.
Darcy has been inoculated against rabies, and received a booster immediately before she left for Indonesia, he added.Is this another piece of Euro madness, then?
"Dogs can also be tested for the disease so there is no danger that she could possibly be bringing rabies back to the UK," he said.
Oh, no. This one’s uniquely English:
A spokesman for Essex Fire and Rescue Service said no other European countries impose quarantine on their rescue dogs.Then why not say ‘We’ll sit the next one out, thanks’ and let Europe pick up the slack..?