Foxes: Imports

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 29th November 2018.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many silver foxes have been imported into the UK from other EU countries in the last five years; and under what regulatory regime those foxes were imported.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Government Whip

Foxes would be imported into Great Britain under one of two regulations:

  • The Rabies (Importation of Dogs, Cats and Other Mammals) Order 1974 (as amended) (RIO).
  • Council Directive 92/65/EEC

The Animal and Plant Health Agency are required to issue an import licence for foxes imported under the Rabies Importation Order or a Quarantine Waiver under Council Directive 92/65/EEC. APHA have not issued any licences or waivers under the two aforementioned regulations for the period 2015 – 2018.

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