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Re: another catastrophe type question OT


I cannot see the difference between transporting two styrofoam boxes or
suitcases.  For that matter if contamination was a risk all transportation
would have to cease.  It is a terrible thing this Foot and Mouth disease
here and new cases are being found everyday, all cases can be traced back to
one farm in the very south of England.  They suspect it was brought in by
foodstuff (I think).  Crufts Dog Show and other events over here have been
cancelled.  Zoos, Wildlife Reserves etc have been closed and rightly so as a
precaution from contamination from people and transport coming from a rural


> This concerns hoof and mouth disease in England.
> A friend is arriving in Canada from England April 2.  He was intending to
> bring along with him two styrofoam boxes of his own tropical fish.  I'm
> going to have to contact Agriculture Canada if they'll let the fish in.
> virus transports in the air and transports better in wetness.  Although he
> doesn't live on a farm, he does live in a rural area but there's been no
> disease in that part of the country.
> I can see that the fish could be stopped from entry if the rules are
> strict.  I can also see that Ag. Can. would say 'fine, bring 'em in.  No
> problem.  They don't have cloven hooves..' However the dog show in England
> was canceled due to this virus and even though horses can't get the
> their movements have been curtailed.....
> Anybody care to speculate if this is going to prove problematic because
> it's best to leave the fish behind on this trip.
> All this disaster because someone decided that the disease was supposed to
> have been eliminated, and the vaccine was 'too expensive'.   I don't know
> where it originated this time.  Someone I know suggested it was brought in
> from Africa.
> Anway, just another potential problem for us fishkeepers that really has
> nothing to do with us.  It's amazing how when one makes certain plans that
> seem so basic and simple, something has to come along to throw a wrench in
> the works.  Even just the fact that it's the week-end and no one will
> the phones is annoying.  What's further annoying is chances are I'll enter
> 'voice-mail hell' on Monday morning and it's anyone's guess when I'll
> finally get a 'live body' on the other end of the line.
> Just letting off some steam.....
> Gabriella Kadar
> Toronto, Canada

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