The United States imports almost one million dogs a year from around the world, because more and more people want to adopt a pet for company. In fact, 2020 turned out to be the year with the most demand for pet adoptions, probably because people stayed home and craved a furry companion. Unfortunately, some of the dogs being imported have brought unwelcome luggage with them.
Rabies is a deadly disease that is transmitted from animals to humans, usually via a bite from an infected animal. Any mammal can get rabies, but bites from domestic pets, like dogs, are often how humans contract the virus. Rabies was eliminated from the US in 2007, but with more demand for pet dogs, it has become harder to track vaccinations among the animals that were brought in.
In order to curb the use of fraudulent vaccine certifications and beat this deadly disease once again, the US is banning dog imports from more than one hundred countries for at least a year.