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Ferrets and sled dogs get EU pet passport boost

Published on Jun 10, 2013 10:24 PM

BRUSSELS (AFP) - Ferret, dog and cat owners got a boost from the European Union on Monday when it said it was broadening its pet passport scheme for animals that are taking part in competitions or sporting events.

The current limit of five pets that a person is allowed to bring across EU borders will be relaxed - so long as the owner can show that the animals are travelling for work and not for play.

"Under the new regulation owners may be exempted from that limit if they can prove that they are taking part with their animal in a competition, exhibition or sporting event (e.g. with a team of sledge dogs)," the EU said in a statement.

The new regulations, approved by the 27 EU member states on Monday, are set to come into force next year.

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