However, probably of greater importance to many pet owners is the fact that relaxation of restrictions will be expensive and inconvenient. It is likely that all dogs and cats will have to be identified by electronic tags under the skin, licenced and vaccinated every year. People who are short of money will attempt to bypass the regulations and sooner or later the disease will arrive.
I have no knowledge of the official policy but it is possible that animals in certain areas will then have to be kept housebound or chained, strays will be rounded up and many destroyed. Wildlife will suffer and may have to be eradicated in certain areas. Oral vaccine in bait may be needed for wild predators, with increased rates or taxes to cover the administrative costs. The added demands on our already strained police and state veterinary services require no elaboration.
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