For Immediate Release: March 17,
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS ON PROPOSED FIVE-DAY OR LESS ANIMAL QUARANTINE OPTION
HONOLULU The Hawaii Department of Agriculture will be holding public hearings next week on a proposed five-day or less animal quarantine option for dogs and cats arriving in Hawaii. The five-day proposal was approved for public hearings by the Hawaii Board of Agriculture in September. There is also a provision to allow for the release of a pet less than five days after arrival if all the pre-arrival requirements are completed and verified.
The public is encouraged to testify at the following hearings:
Written testimony will also be accepted until April 2, 2003 and may be addressed to:
Hawaii Board of Agriculture
Submissions should be clearly marked as "TESTIMONY."
The text of the five-day or less quarantine proposal may be obtained on HDOA's website at: www.hawaiiag.org/hdoa/ or by calling the Animal Industry Division at 483-7100.
"We encourage individuals and organizations submit written or oral testimony and have their voices heard on this important issue," said HDOA Chairperson Sandra Lee Kunimoto. "I believe there is a way to balance the issues of animal and public health with the development of rabies prevention programs that are less burdensome on pets and their owners."
For more information, contact: