P162 Teletext 165 Oct23 21:01:14  IN   THE   HOME  ————————————————————————————  CALL TO SCRAP QUARANTINE LAWS  Every time Martha goes on holiday, she breaks the law. She's not proud of the fact, but for the 46-year-old, it's a necessity — if she didn't, her pet poodle would be confined to a kennel for six months. Her story is echoed by thousands of people who smuggle their pets into the UK in a bid to escape strict quarantine regulations. Is it about time a "pet passport" system was introduced? ——————————————————————————————————1/9—— by Bernadette Carroll HANG OUT 'JTH GREEN SCENE p160 Apples Recipe TV On Stage
P162 Teletext 165 Oct23 21:01:00  IN   THE   HOME  ————————————————————————————  CALL TO SCRAP QUARANTINE LAWS  Martha, from London, says the reason she smuggles her pooch Anastasia into the UK when they return from an overseas holiday is because she "can't bear to be without her". She tells Green Scene: "She's not my pet, she's been my companion for more than 10 years. "If we were separated, it wouldn't just be me that would suffer, Anastasia would, too." ——————————————————————————————————2/9—— Eco Scene 148 Love Stars 418 OLIVE AND TOMATO PALMIERS p164 Apples Recipe TV On Stage
P162 Teletext 165 Oct23 21:00:00  IN   THE   HOME  ————————————————————————————  CALL TO SCRAP QUARANTINE LAWS  Beth Richardson from the RSPCA, which has turned up the heat on Britain's quarantine laws in a series of ads, says around 1,000 people a year smuggle their pets into the UK. She says: "The six-month separation causes a lot of heartbreak, not just for the owners, but the pets. "It's also extremely costly. And if an animal is vaccinated against rabies, quarantine seems pointless." ——————————————————————————————————3/9—— Fun and Games 150 Bamboozle 152 GOVT "FAILS" NATURAL HERITAGE p161 Apples Recipe TV On Stage
P162 Teletext 165 Oct23 21:00:11  IN   THE   HOME  ————————————————————————————  CALL TO SCRAP QUARANTINE LAWS  The RSPCA warns that if our quarantine rules remain, Britain might soon be in the throes of a major rabies epidemic. Spokeswoman Beth Richardson explains: "If people are smuggling pets into the country, which they are, there's no way of telling whether those animals carry the disease or not. "The only way we can remedy this is to introduce pet passports — and fast." ——————————————————————————————————4/9—— Fun and Games 150 Bamboozle 152 APPLES' NASTY CIDER-FECTS p163 Apples Recipe TV On Stage
P162 Teletext 165 Oct23 21:02:11  IN   THE   HOME  ————————————————————————————  CALL TO SCRAP QUARANTINE LAWS  A committee of health experts led by Prof Ian Kennedy recommended last month that pets from EU and other countries free from rabies should be exempt from quarantine. Instead, they would carry pet passports containing a health and vaccination history. The animals would also have to undergo blood tests, and have an identification microchip planted under their skin. ——————————————————————————————————5/9—— Your Total Entertainment guide 400 GREEN TV TODAY AND TOMORROW p165 Apples Recipe TV On Stage
P162 Teletext 165 Oct23 21:02:03  IN   THE   HOME  ————————————————————————————  CALL TO SCRAP QUARANTINE LAWS  An RSPCA advertising campaign aims to persuade the Government to speed up the introduction of pet passports ahead of the stated three-year deadline. Says spokeswoman Beth Richardson: "Until pet passports are introduced, pet owners like Martha will continue to smuggle their pets into the country. "And with that, the nation faces the threat of a rabies epidemic, something we don't want to happen." ——————————————————————————————————6/9—— Land on Planet Sound 480 GREEN EVENTS p165 Apples Recipe TV On Stage
P162 Teletext 165 Oct23 21:00:01  IN   THE   HOME  ————————————————————————————  CALL TO SCRAP QUARANTINE LAWS  The Ministry of Agriculture, responsible for quarantine rules, says it's unlikely a new system would be introduced before 2001. A spokesman says: "Yes, the laws have to be updated. As to whether pet passports is the answer, we will have to see what the public thinks. "If any smuggled animals are found, they will be sent back, and their owners could face prosecution." ——————————————————————————————————7/9—— What's on the goggle box? 110 CHECK OUT THE GREEN KITCHEN p164 Apples Recipe TV On Stage
P162 Teletext 165 Oct23 21:04:10  IN   THE   HOME  ————————————————————————————  QUARANTINE FACTS:  Quarantine laws for animals were introduced to Britain in 1901 following a spate of rabies outbreaks which killed 173 people. Pets brought into the UK have to spend six months in quarantine at the owner's expense. In the past 25 years, only one animal in quarantine has been found to have rabies. No one has died from the disease in the UK since 1903. ——————————————————————————————————8/9—— Are you ready for the year 2000? 105 TODAY'S BIG ISSUE p161 Apples Recipe TV On Stage
P162 Teletext 165 Oct23 21:00:14  IN   THE   HOME  ————————————————————————————  QUARANTINE FACTS:  More than 1,200 animals have died in UK quarantine kennels in the past 10 years, according to the RSPCA. Pet passports would be a cheaper system — cutting costs from around £1,500 to keep a dog in solitary confinement for six months, to an estimated £300. There are 81 quarantine kennels in the UK — all privately owned. ——————————————————————————————————9/9—— e-mail: greenscene@teletext.co.uk WRITE TO: GREEN SCENE, PO BOX 297, LONDON SW6 1XT. FAX:0171 386 5618 Apples Recipe TV On Stage