There is no evidence that rabies has reduced in Mediterranean countries. In France, the unofficial rule of no rabies north of the Loire still holds, but Germany has a long border with east European countries much of which is wooded, with wolves and bears still in existence. As a result, German rabies controls are draconian. A walk in the Black Forest may involve admiring the view but never, never approaching an animal, wild or tame, and however sick or distressed. Any transgression produces a flurry of tests and very painful jabs.
Is this really what we want here? In future will we be terrified of feeding the squirrels in the park, or rescuing a sheep trapped in barbed wire? We have a moat round our country which has served us well. Those demanding change are exploiting the new self-disgust, largely engineered by the media, that all and any British procedures and institutions are inefficient, time-expired and probably racist.
I have two cats and a house in France which I visit for ten weeks every year. I pay someone to look after them while I am away and I shall never take them with me.
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